Human Rights Delegation

Human Rights Delegation

The Human Rights Centre has a 20 to 40-member Human Rights Delegation, whose members broadly represent the Finnish human rights actors. The Delegation’s composition is diverse in terms of expertise as well as representative, and the selection process is transparent.

The Delegation functions as a cooperative body in the field of fundamental and human rights and helps to intensify information flow between the different actors. It also deals with human rights issues of a far-reaching significance and principal importance.

Director of the Human Rights Centre chairs the Delegation. The Delegation selects its Vice Chair.

The Delegation convenes two to four times in a year. The Parliamentary Ombudsman appoints the Delegation for a four-year term at a time.

Tasks of the Delegation

  • serve as a national cooperative body for actors in the sector of fundamental and human rights
  • deal with fundamental and human rights matters that are of far-reaching significance and principal importance
  • approve  annually the Human Rights Centre’s plan of action and annual report
  • promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities together with the Human Rights Centre (HRC) and the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

The permanent members of the Human Rights Delegation are:

  • Parliamentary Ombudsman
  • Chancellor of Justice
  • Non-Discrimination Ombudsman
  • Ombudsman for Equality
  • Ombudsman for Children
  • Data Protection Ombudsman
  • Ombudsman for the Elderly
  • Chairperson of the Sámi Parliament