About us

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 and ethnicity and gender. We also 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.

In Denmark, we advise the government, the parliament, ministries and public authorities on human rights, among other things, when new legislation is suggested.

We produce analyses and research, for instance about children with imprisoned parents, legislation on terrorism, the rights of stateless human beings and equal pay.

We carry out specific projects to promote equal treatment and advise those, who may have been discriminated against.

We map out the biggest human rights challenges in Denmark as well as the yearly improvements on the area. For more information, see our annual Status Report  and The Annual Report to the Danish Parliament 2013.

Internationally, we work with states, independent organizations and the corporate sector, enabling them to strengthen human rights in their respective countries.

We assist in building well-functioning legal systems abroad and to ensure the influence of the civil societies .

We aid private companies in assessing the impact of their work on human rights.

We educate police officers, school teachers, ombudsmen, and judges on human rights.