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Human Rights

Reykjavík‘s Human Rights Policy is founded on human rights and the principle of equality. The principle of equality or the ban against discrimination is one of the cornerstones of human rights. It can be found in every significant human rights agreement as well as article 65 of the Icelandic Constitution, where it states that everyone “shall be equal before the law and enjoy human rights irrespective of sex, religion, political opinion, national origin, race, colour, property, birth or other status."
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The Human Rights Office works to: 
  • create, in cooperation with the Human Rights Committee, a plan of implementation for human rights issues,
  • follow up the Human Rights Committee’s decisions,
  • support consultation within the City in matters which concern the Human Rights Policy,
  • work in conjunction with organisations and other municipalities in matters which the policy covers,
  • consult with appointed human rights representatives across different sectors,
  • support consultation in the field of human rights within the City,
  • take the initiative for projects,
  • safeguard that city residents are not discriminated against on the basis of origin, skin colour, religion, age, political views, sex, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, descent, disability, state of health, or any other status.


To reach the Human Rights Office with comments and/or enquires, email or telephone 411-4153.


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