The Sixth International Conference for 
National Human Rights Institutions 10-13 April 2002

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The Sixth International Conference for National Human Rights Institutions was held in Copenhagen and Lund 10-13 April 2002. The conference was organised by the Danish Centre for Human Rights and the Swedish Ombudsman Against Ethnic Discrimination in cooperation with the Chair of the International Co-ordinating Committee for National Human Rights Institutions and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

The overall theme of the Conference was the role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in combating racial discrimination, as a follow up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban in August and September 2001. 

The Conference did shed light on the crucial role of NHRIs in combating racial discrimination and, inter alia, discussed best practices in promoting tolerance through education and the media. Moreover, there was a focus on remedies, including handling of complaints as well as the monitoring and advocacy function of the institutions in relation to racial discrimination. The aim was to develop a catalogue of best practices and strategies for NHRIs in their fight against racial discrimination. 

The Conference programme included brief reports from the different regions; a stock-taking of that proposed at the 5th International Conference held in Morocco; and national institutions participation in the 58th session of the Commission on Human Rights and the 10th Session of the International Co-ordinating Committee, in Geneva. Plenary and working group sessions allowed time for discussion on the various Conference themes.

The conference had a total of over 100 participants, including one representative from each accredited or established national human rights institution worldwide and staff members from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.


See full report here (PDF - 572Kb)



See programme here:


English (PDF - 137 Kb)     Spanish (PDF - 129 Kb)     French (PDF - 111 Kb)


See preliminary participants list here:     List of participants



Documents from the Conference

Copenhagen Declaration


Report by the General Rapporteur

Statement of the Sixth World Conference




Rules of Procedure (Accreditation) Adopted 15 April 2000 and as amended 13 APRIL 2002 
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Rules of Procedure of International Conferences of National Institutions for the Promotion
and Protection of Human Rights

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