Danish Institute for Human Rights
Institut for Menneskerettigheder
Danish, English, French
Signe Grejsen Nissen and Helene Marie Hassager
Maria Ventegodt Liisberg
Signe Grejsen Nissen
The Danish Institute for Human Rights is an independent state-funded institution. Our mandate is to promote and protect human rights and equal treatment in Denmark and abroad.
We are Denmark’s national human rights institution. We are also a national equality body in relation to race, ethnicity and gender. We have a special role in the disability area where we promote and monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
In 1987, the Danish Parliament established the Danish Centre for Human Rights, which was renamed as the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) in 2002. The Institute is Denmark’s NHRI (National Human Rights Institute), and as such has counterpart NHRI’s in other countries.
DIHR has been the appointed National Equality Body in relation to race and ethnicity (since 2003) and in relation to gender (since 2011). Furthermore, in July 2009, Denmark ratified the CRPD and the Danish Institute for Human Rights was appointed by the Danish Parliament to promote and monitor the implementation of the CRPD in Denmark.
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Publications and reports||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Research projects (including surveys)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||246||415||346||501||349||354|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||20||17||44||78||45||32|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media||000||000||1168||2026||2539||3779|
The management of the Danish Institute for Human Rights consists of one Executive Director and two Deputy Executive Directors, one Department Director and one Head of Communications. In addition, the management consists of six heads of department, serving each of their human rights field.
The Institute is divided into two departments - a national and an international department. The administration and communication teams are two separate entities outside of the two departments.
The Institute is managed by a Board of Directors.The Board is the supreme controlling body of the Danish Institute for Human Rights and lays down the general guidelines as well as the policy for the Institute’s activities. Furthermore, it appoints the Institute’s Director.
The Board is composed of 14 members, appointed by bodies such as the Council for Human Rights and the Danish universities.
6 members are appointed by the rectors of the Danish Universities
6 members are appointed by the Danish Council for Human Rights
1 member is appointed by the Human Rights Council of Greenland
1 member is appointed by the employees of DIHR
|GroundsFields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods & Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Religion & Belief||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
On February 9 the Danish Government announced that they will introduce a general prohibition of discrimination on the ground of disability. "It’s fantastic news. Together with the Danish disability organizations we have worked for a ban for many years. This means that people with disabilities will now be able to demand to be treated properly," says Maria Ventegodt Liisberg, Department Director for Equal Treatment at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.