A. The Institute for Human Rights – The National Human Rights Institute of Denmark
The Institute for Human Rights – The National Human Rights Institute of Denmark (DIHR) has been designated as a body for the promotion of equal treatment and effective protection against discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin as set out in Article 13 of the Racial Equality Directive since 2003. A new act from 2012 clarified the role of DIHR as a separate and independent institution (Consolidated Act No. 553 of 18 June 2012). The act also specifies the role of the DIHR with regard to the promotion of equality and non-discrimination and specifies the mandate of the Institute as a Specialised Equality Body on race and ethnic origin as well as on gender under the EU-Directives.
Mandate and Competences
In accordance with the requirements of Article 13 of the Directive, DIHR has been given the authority to assist victims of discrimination, to conduct surveys concerning discrimination and to publish reports and make recommendations on discrimination.
According to the 2012 act, DIHR must issue a yearly report to the Parliament on the human rights situation in Denmark, which includes the situation of persons with disabilities.