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NETHERLANDS: Netherlands Institute for Human Rights

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Netherlands Institute for Human Rights

Full name in the national language(s):

College voor de Rechten van de Mens

Postal address:
Postbus 16001 3500 DA UTRECHT
Website:

mensenrechten.nl

General email address:
info@mensenrechten.nl
Helpline:

0031 30 8883888

Telephone number:

0031 30 8883888

Twitter:

MensenrechtenNL

Other social media channels:

facebook: MensenrechtenNL

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Dutch, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Renee Tuinman

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Adriana van Dooijeweert

Contact Person

Name:

Barbara Bos

Email:
b.bos@mensenrechten.nl

Main Informations

Overview

The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights explains, monitors and protects human rights, promotes respect for human rights (including equal treatment) in practice, policy and legislation, and increases the awareness of human rights in the Netherlands.

Brief history

The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College voor de Rechten van de Mens) came
into being by an act of parliament. The Equal Treatment Commission (CGB) was the
coordinator for the new Institute and was subsequently incorporated into it. All the powers
of the CGB were transferred to the new Institute.
By setting up the Institute the Netherlands was also complying with the UN resolution
requiring each state to set up an independent human rights institution. That resolution
includes guarantees of independence as well as recommendations about the role,
composition, status and functions of national human rights institutions, the so-called Paris
Principles. The Institute for Human Rights Act was modelled in accordance with those
principles.
The purpose of the Institute is to protect human rights in the Netherlands and promote the
observance of those rights. This applies both to the European Netherlands and the
Caribbean Netherlands (the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, also referred to
hereinafter as the ‘BES’ islands).The Institute will provide a link between civil society and
national and international organisations. The Institute will also consult the responsible
parties in civil service and political circles.
It will promote respect for human dignity, and translate human rights into specific
guidelines for putting that principle into practice.
The Institute for Human Rights is an independent administrative body. The Institute
consists of (at most) 12 members, appointed by the Crown. The Institute is supported by
an office, which at the start of the organisation was on a scale of about 50 full time
employees. The staff is comprised of civil servants employed by the Institute.
The independence of the Institute will be demonstrated by its choice of agenda, its
investigations and the independence of its assessments of human rights issues and the
recommendations based on those assessments.

The Institute has succeeded in setting up an annual rapport on the status of various issues that need addressing in the Netherlands. Supported by investigations e.g. into rights of people in elderly care homes, into pregnancy discrimination and continuous attention for the rights of migrants in our country, the Institute is becoming a ’spider in the web’ of human rights organisations.

Mandate type
  • Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
Litigation powers
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities
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Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)yesyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)yesyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsyesyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)yesyesyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
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Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)163613171268258123032781
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)203221212183179155
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano data
Management
  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)
Management details

The Institute for Human Rights is an independent administrative body. The Institute
consists of (at most) 12 members, appointed by the Crown. The Institute is supported by
an office, which at the start of the organisation was on a scale of about 50 full time
employees. The staff is comprised of civil servants employed by the Institute.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Institute for Human Rights is an independent administrative body. The Institute
consists of (at most) 12 members, appointed by the Crown. The Institute is supported by
an office, which at the start of the organisation was on a scale of about 50 full time
employees. The staff is comprised of civil servants employed by the Institute.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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no datano datano datano datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Genderyesyesyesyesyes
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Ageyesyesnonono
Disabilityyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : working hours (part time or full time), only in employment nationality, in employment, education, housing, goods&services,, Healthcare NOTE: in the Netherlands goods & services includes housing and education and Healthcare. In the field of social protection race is protected.

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
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561000062000006442000612200057610006240000
We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry