The Danish Institute for Human Rights is an independent state-funded institution. Its mandate is to promote and protect human rights and equal treatment in Denmark and abroad. Internationally, the Danish Institute works with states, independent organisations and the corporate sector, enabling them to strengthen human rights in their respective countries.
The objectives of the international mandate of the Danish Institute include:
Contributing to the development and institutionalisation of state structures and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights in transitional countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Contributing to the generation of knowledge, exchange of experience and dialogue in the field of human rights and transition in the Middle East and North Africa.
These aims are pursued by focusing on the following areas of work:
Support NHRIs to function in accordance with the Paris Principles and actively promote and protect human rights;
Support state human rights focal points in fulfilling their mandates, both in regard to int. obligations and nat. human rights agendas;
Strengthen mechanisms for civil society to promote human rights change and reform
Generate knowledge, exchange experience, raise awareness, network to develop capacities and learning.