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Annual report: International progress and Danish setbacks for human rights

May 11th 2016

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), has published its annual report for 2015 to the Danish Parliament.

2015 Annual Report

The report offers an overview of the most important improvements and setbacks for human rights in Denmark. The institute has a legal obligation to provide an annual account on human rights for the Danish Parliament and the report serves as a key document in the institute’s counselling on human rights issues to the Danish members of parliament. In the report, the institute also provides a brief insight into its research and international work and the important knowledge that it gains through cooperation projects with local National Human Rights Institutions and authorities, as well as in international fora.

"Human rights are at a crossroad. On the one hand, the human-rights situation in Denmark is generally good: actually one of the best in the world. Moreover, as you can read in this report, progress is being made all the time. However, on the other hand, whether Denmark should continue to follow conventions and international agreements is being questioned as never before".
Jonas Christoffersen, Executive Director & Dorthe Elise Svinth, Chairperson of the Board

About the Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Danish Institute for Human Rights is Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution. They promote and protect human rights and equality in Denmark and internationally. They want to set standards and create change. They also act as the national equality body for matters of racial and ethnic origin and for gender issues. In addition, they have a special role in the disability area, where they promote and monitor implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.