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Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (formerly Equal Treatment Commission)

Netherlands Institute for Human Rights

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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. This applies to the European part of the Netherlands
as well as to the islands of Bonaire, St.Eustatius and
Saba (the Carribean Netherlands).

Brief history

The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights was
founded in 2012. The NIHR came
into being by an act of Parliament. All the powers
of the former Equal Treatment Commission (CGB) were transferred to the Institute.

With the creation of the Institute, the Netherlands has fulfilled UN resolution 48/1342. This resolution contains assurances for the independence of and recommendations concerning the role, composition, status and functions of national human rights bodies, the so-called Paris Principles. Both the law and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights have been drafted/created on the basis of these principles.

In 2014, the Institute was awarded A-status by the International Coordinating Committee for national human rights institutions (ICC). This constituted international recognition that the Paris Principles are being fulfilled.

Links:

https://www.mensenrechten.nl/nl/netherlands-institute-human-rights

https://www.mensenrechten.nl/nl/mission-and-ambition

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)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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)163613171268258123032781393054234583no data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)203221212183179155151161148no data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Management
  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)
Management details

The Netherlands 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
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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Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Genderyesyesyesyesyes
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Ageyesyesnonono
Disabilityyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : - Political persuasion: Employment, Education, Housing, Healthcare, Goods &Services - Nationality: Employment, Education, Housing, Healthcare, Goods &Services - Civil status: Employment, Education, Housing, Healthcare, Goods &Services - Working hours (part time or full time): Employment - Contract (temporary/permanent): Employment NOTE: in the Netherlands goods & services includes housing, 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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561000062000006442000612200057610006240000674300067410006853000no data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry

Related News

Our colleagues at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.

 

Within the context of international bilateral cooperation, the idea of cooperation on a specific project surfaced in discussion with the Dutch Embassy in Slovenia. The cooperation project was carried out in October 2017, beginning with the visit of the delegation from the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, their peer review, and organisation of a public discussion on discrimination in the workplace based on gender and age in Ljubljana. The series of events concluded in December 2017 with the visit of a delegation of the Advocate of the Principle of Equality from Slovenia to Utrecht. The delegation partook in an education and presentation event of the Dutch equality body and visited one of the Dutch non-governmental organisation, dedicated to fighting discrimination.

 

Finding inspiration and gathering ideas on inclusive education: that was the goal of the international conference on 8 and 9 October. For this two-day conference, Unia joined forces with the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and received support from the OHCHR Regional Office in Brussels.

 

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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:

https://mensenrechten.nl/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:

Marie-José

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Adriana van Dooijeweert

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person

Name:

Vynita Bansropansingh

Email:
v.bansropansingh@mensenrechten.nl