Human Rights Delegation

The permanent members of the Human Rights Delegation are

  • the Parliamentary Ombudsman

  • the Chancellor of Justice

  • the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

  • the Ombudsman for Equality

  • the Ombudsman for Children

  • the Data Protection Ombudsman

  • the Chairperson of the Sámi Parliament

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

  • to serve as a national cooperative body for actors in the sector of fundamental and human rights

  • to deal with fundamental and human rights matters that are of far-reaching significance and principal importance

  • to approve  annually the Human Rights Centre’s plan of action and annual report

  • to 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 Members of the Human Rights Delegation



1. Reijo Aarnio,  Data Protection Ombudsman

2. Kimmo Hakonen, Intelligence Ombudsman

3. Jukka Maarianvaara, Ombudsman for Equality

4. Elina Pekkarinen, Ombudsman for Children

5. Kirsi Pimiä, Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

6. Mikko Puumalainen, Deputy Chancellor of Justice

7. Maija Sakslin, Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman

8. Tiina Sanila-Aikio, Chair, Sámi Parliament

9. Pentti Arajärvi, Professor, University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland

10. Niklas Bruun, Professor, Hanken School of Economics

11. Elina Castrén, Executive Director, Finnish Refugee Advice Centre

12. Elina Grundström, Chair, Council for Mass Media

13. Leena Heinämäki, Senior Researcher,Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

14. Inka Hetemäki, Director of Advocacy and Programs, UNICEF Finland

15. Juha Hänninen, Director, Chief Physician, Terhokoti

16. Esa Iivonen, Leading expert, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare

17. Markku Jokinen, Executive Director, Association of the Deaf

18. Arto Kallioniemi, Professor of Didactics, University of Helsinki

19. Antti Karanki, Chair, Trasek

20. Kalevi Kivistö, Minister, Association of Pensioners interest groups EETU ry

21. Eija Koivuranta, Managing director, Family Federation of Finland

22. Kristiina Kumpula, Secretary General Finnish Red Cross

23. Pirkko Mahlamäki, Finnish Disability Forum

24. Niina Laajapuro, Policy Director, Amnesty International, Finnish section

25. Heli Markkula, Expert,  Finnish Youth Cooperation – Allianssi

26. Kaari Mattila, Secretary General, Finnish League for Human Rights

27. Petri Merenlahti, Theological Advisor for the Archbishop, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland

28. Elina Nieminen, Lawyer, The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities

29. Eeva Nykänen, Chief Specialist, National Institute for Health and Welfare

30. Paula Paloranta, Secretary General, Chamber of Commerce Finland

31. Elina Pirjatanniemi, Director, Åbo Akademi Human Rights Institute

32. Pauli Rautiainen, Professor of Public Law, University of Tampere

33. Antti Sajantila, Professor, University of Helsinki

34. Kimmo Sasi, Advisor

35. Shafae Hamed, Service advisor, Hamed Shafae, City of Helsinki

36. Ida Sulin, Lawyer, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

37. Antti Teittinen, Head of Research, Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

38. Jarkko Tontti, Author

39. Riku Virtanen, Researcher