The Faroe Islands and Human Rights.

The Faroese Government works actively towards promoting and improving human rights on the islands. Cooperating with the European Council, European Union and the United Nations, the Faroe Islands have implemented human rights initiatives and laws in most all areas.


European Convention on Human Rights
The European Convention on Human Rights was implemented by law in the Faroe Islands on May 1, 2000, giving courts in the Faroe Islands the authority to make rulings according to the Convention. Once all options in local courts have been exhausted Individuals may submit an application to the European Court of Human Rights, if they feel they have been the victim of a violation of the rights set out in the Convention or its Protocols.

The Convention has been amended over the years, and protocols have been added. The Faroe Islands are subject to all protocols, except for two which have not yet entered into force.


The United Nations
The Faroe Islands are subject to all core treaties of the United Nations regarding human rights.

The Kingdom of Denmark is the official State party to the UN conventions, and as such, compose reports to the different committees on how the rights are being implemented. The Faroe Islands provide a separate section to the report, regarding areas under Faroese jurisdiction. The Faroe Islands also participate in the subsequent committee hearings on these reports.  

In addition to the separate committees, which monitor the implementation of the individual treaties, there is the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a process, led by the Human Rights Council, during which each State member shares their progression towards improving human rights.

The Faroe Islands participate, together with Denmark and Greenland, in the review sessions held every four years.

Covenants and Conventions of the United Nations on Human Rights

The Faroe Island became subject to The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on December 6, 1972. The latest report was submitted in 2015, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2016.

The Faroe Islands became subject to The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on December 6, 1972. The latest report was submitted in 2013, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2013.

The Faroe Islands became subject to The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women on April 21, 1983. The latest report was submitted in 2013, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2015.

The Faroe Islands became subject to The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on December 9, 1971. The latest report was submitted in 2013, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2013.

The Faroe Islands became subject to The Convention on the Rights of the Child on October 7, 1993. The latest report was submitted in 2010, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2011. The 2016 report has been submitted, and is currently being processed. 

The Faroe Island became subject to The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on May 27, 1987. The latest report was submitted in 2015, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2016, but do not pertain to the Faroe Islands.

The Faroe Islands became subject to The Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities on July 24, 2009. The latest report was submitted in 2013, and the latest concluding observations were issued in 2014.

The Faroe Islands are not yet subject to The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Member of their Families.

The Faroe Islands are not yet subject to The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.