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).
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.
Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues|
|Publications and reports|
|Research projects (including surveys)|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||1636||1317||1268||2581||2303||2781||3930||5423||4583|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||203||221||212||183||179||155||151||161||148|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media|
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.
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.
|Grounds / Fields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods and Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin|
|Religion & Belief|
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.