Mission and ambition
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.
The Institute seeks to improve the human rights situation in the Netherlands and thereby contributes to create a society:
- in which the observance of human rights is assured for all those who find themselves in the Netherlands or within the Dutch sphere of influence;
- with a culture of respect for human rights;
- in which everyone can participate with freedom and dignity without hindrance from prejudice or discrimination and where everyone can develop his or her full potential.
To achieve this ambition the Institute has adopted the following strategic objectives:
- Human rights are guaranteed in policy, laws and regulations.
- Human rights violations by government or third parties are avoided and corrected.
- All people in the Netherlands understand their rights and the rights of others, and are able to enjoy those rights.
- Government, parliament, organisations and individuals take active responsibility in relation to human rights.
For further details see:
- The Annual Report 2014
- Human Rights in The Netherlands - Summary and recommendations of The Status Report 2014
- Flyer about The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (2014)
- The Strategic Plan (August 2013)
- The Legislation Equal Treatment (May 2013)
- The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights Act (April 2011)
- The Explanatory Memorandum to the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights Act (January 2011)