National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights 2017-2019
The objective of the Action Plan
The objective of the National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights is to promote the obligation of the public authority to guarantee the observance of basic rights and liberties and human rights as stipulated in Section 22 of the Constitution.
The measures taken under the Action Plan are designed to act on identified problems with fundamental and human rights and to complement the work being carried out in various policy sectors to promote fundamental and human rights.
History of the Action Plan
The first National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights 2012-2013 was adopted on 22 March, 2012 by the Government to promote fundamental and human rights in Finland . It included a total of 67 projects.
An independent assessment of the first Action Plan was carried out in 2014.
In 2014 the Government pledged to prepare a second national action plan at the beginning of the following government term. The Government took a decision in principle to accept the National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights for 2017–2019 on 16 February, 2017.
Preparations for the second Action Plan
In preparing the second Action Plan, particular note has been taken of the Government's Human Rights Report’s policies, the recommendations to Finland from international treaty monitoring bodies, the Government Programme’s policies, the views of the overseers of legality and the special ombudsmen, as well as the areas of concern raised by non-governmental organisations. The legal basis of the Action Plan is constituted by the basic rights and liberties guaranteed in the Constitution, the international and regional human rights treaties ratified by Finland as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
In accordance with the independent assessment of the Government’s first National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights (2012–2013) and the recommendations of Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee, the National Action Plan was to focus on promoting the implementation of fundamental and human rights in specific areas.
Main areas of the second National Action Plan
Fundamental and human rights education,
The right to self-determination
Fundamental rights and digitalisation.
The Action Plan includes a total of 43 projects which are spread across the administrative branches of all ministries