In executing its tasks the Institute maintains the following basic principles:
- The Institute performs its task independently.
- The Institute sets its own agenda and decides the form and content of its own communications.
- The Institute performs its tasks independently from national government, parliament, local or regional government and organisations in civil society.
- The Institute operates forcefully and with determination; it is unflinching.
- The Institute performs its tasks independently but does so in constant liaison with partners from civil society, the scientific community and government.
- The Institute is accessible. It constantly seeks dialogue to allow organisations and individuals to make their views known.
- The Institute operates as transparently as possible. Research, recommendations, assessments and other reports are all public. The Institute ensures that its tasks are performed in a way that can easily be followed by others (such as parliament). The Institute publishes an annual report in which its financial responsibilities are also accounted for.
- The Institute is open to criticism and approachable for its mistakes.
- The Institute only acts if its work has added value.
- The Institute adopts an active but unbiased attitude toward the social (public) debate.
For further details see:
- The Annual Report 2014 Human Rights in The Netherlands - Summary and recommendations of The Status Report 2014
- Flyer about The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (2014)
- The Strategic Plan (August 2013)
- The Legislation Equal Treatment (May 2013)
- The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights Act (April 2011)
- The Explanatory Memorandum to the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights Act (January 2011)