Luxembourg – NHRIs

Introduction (pg. 8)

… Regular contacts with, among others, the four national human rights institutions took place in the context [of drafting the NAP]:

  • The Advisory Commission on Human Rights (Commission consultative des Droits de l’Homme – CCDH) is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. As part of its operations, the CCDH provides the government with independent advice, studies, opinions and recommendations, either at the request of the government or on its own initiative, on all matters of general importance concerning human rights in the territory of Luxembourg. It advises the government on the preparation of reports to be submitted by Luxembourg to regional and international human rights bodies. The CCDH addresses itself directly or through any organ of press, especially to make public its opinions and recommendations and to maintain a dialog with all the institutions and national and international organs of defense of human rights;
  • The purpose of the Equal Treatment Center is to promote, analyze and monitor the equality of all persons without discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability and age;
  • The Ombudsman Comittee for the Rights of the Child expresses its opinion on draft laws and regulations on the rights of the child and proposes amendments; it reports on the situation of children and ensures the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and presents to the Government and the Chamber of Deputies an annual report on its activities and on the children’s rights situation in Luxembourg. The Committee promotes the free expression of children and their active participation in issues that concern them; it examines situations in which the rights of the child are not respected and makes recommendations to remedy them. The Committee receives information, complaints and grievances from children and tries to mediate and give advice to ensure the best possible protection of children;
  • The Ombudsman receives complaints relating to the functioning of state and municipal administrations, as well as public establishments under the jurisdiction of the State and municipalities. He is responsible for ensuring the external control of places of detention.

Part I – Rational Framework for the development, adoption and implementation of the NAP

2. National Context

2.4 Government Council (pg. 17)

…In general, the [Interdepartmental Committee on Human Rights] is responsible for ensuring the implementation of Luxembourg’s human rights obligations by the various actors concerned, in consultation with national human rights institutions and civil society.