Visit of representatives of the Advocate of the Principle of Equality to the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and a meeting with an NGO Art 1 (central Netherlands) regarding prevention of discrimination / December 2017

Visit of representatives of the Advocate of the Principle of Equality to the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and a meeting with an NGO Art 1 (central Netherlands) regarding prevention of discrimination / December 20172018-07-16T10:58:46+00:00

On 5 December 2017, the representatives of the Advocate of the Principle of Equality went to Utrecht, where they visited the Dutch authority for the equality principle – the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. The programme presented by the employees of the Institute, which was established in 1994, was comprehensive and practically oriented. The Advocate of the Principle of Equality initially presented the operation of the Slovenian authority for the equality principle and raised some questions and pointed out problems the Advocate has faced in establishing an independent state authority. Dutch colleagues presented the functioning of their institute from various aspects: operation of reception office, help and support to victims of discrimination, and the hearing process of both parties involved, as well as showed the interplay of various areas: law, public relations and foreign policy or policy management, addressing individual cases, influence in judicial proceedings, etc. Through conversation with several employees, visitors learned about the functioning of a similar Dutch institution, its jurisdiction, and possible procedures in case of reporting discrimination or human rights violations. They also attended a hearing on a reported discrimination case and visited the reception office of the institute responsible for receiving reports, communication with clients as well as offering help and information. The area of public relations and the relevancy of the latter for the area of awareness-raising and preventive work was also presented to them. Great emphasis was placed on prevention, education and awareness-raising, the soft approaches and the improvement of system arrangement, as well as warning against systemic discrimination within the traditional and historical perception of individual aspects of human life.