Human Rights Centre

What is the Human Rights Centre

The Human Rights Centre (HRC) is an autonomous and independent expert institution whose task is to promote the implementation of fundamental and human rights and to increase cooperation and exchange of information between various actors.

It is administratively connected to the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

 

What does the Human Rights Centre do?

Its work consists of acquiring, compiling and distributing information, building cooperation, taking initiatives and participating in international cooperation.

 

What is it for?

The Human Rights Centre was founded because promotion of human rights was deemed to require better coordination and cooperation as well as more resources.

The HRC started its operation in March 2012. It was established by an act which defines its role and composition.

 

Statutory tasks of the Human Rights Centre

  • to promote information provision, training, education and research on fundamental and human rights

  • to draft reports on the implementation of fundamental and human rights

  • to take initiatives and give statements for the promotion and implementation of fundamental and human rights

  • to participate in European and international cooperation related to the promotion and protection of fundamental and human rights

  • to perform other similar tasks associated with the promotion and implementation of fundamental and human rights

The Centre does not handle complaints or other individual cases.

 

Statutory Special Task - UNCRPD

The Human Rights Centre (HRC) has a statutory special task to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This is the first statutory task collectively assigned to Finland’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).