The Human Rights Centre (HRC) provides information, training, education and research on fundamental rights and human rights. It reports on the implementation of fundamental and human rights, takes initiatives for their promotion and implementation and participates in related European and international cooperation.

The Finnish Human Rights Centre has a Human Rights Delegation, comprising 20 to 40 members appointed by the Parliamentary Ombudsman for a four-year term. The Delegation functions as a national cooperative body for fundamental and human rights actors. It deals with fundamental and human rights issues of far-reaching significance and major importance, and approves the Centre’s annual action plan and annual report.

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Sirpa Rautio, Director



Arkadiankatu 3 FI-00102 Helsinki

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  • Monitoring body under CRPD Art 33(2)- together with the Parliamentary Ombudsman and Human Rights Delegation

Core functions

  • Monitoring
  • Publishing research, recommendations, opinions
  • Reporting to international and regional human rights mechanisms
  • Advising government, parliament and other public bodies
  • Cooperation with civil society organisations
  • Human rights education and training
  • Awareness raising activities
  • International/European cooperation on human rights