The Human Rights Approach

We advocate for rights-based policy development and decision making. All our work is rooted in the human rights approach. Learn more about it.

Upholding the dignity and rights of each individual is the main function of any democratic state. When authorities cease to serve the protection of the rights and dignity of the individual, they become delegitimized.

Human rights are the standards and guarantee for each of us to live a life in dignity. Human rights are inalienable from us. They belong to us regardless of any individual or social characteristic we may bear. However, their formal codification, whether in domestic legislation or in international legal instruments, does not secure the full application of the rights of the individual in practice as long as the guarantee of our rights and dignity is not placed at the center of state policy. That is the rationale behind HRBA and the reason why rights-based state policy matters.

HRBA to state policy suggests that the norms and principles of protection of human rights and human dignity are put in the cornerstone of policy making in all spheres of public life.  As such, this is the most human-centered model of policy-making.

Rights-based state policy secures the “praxis” of human rights in the country. It is directed toward creating a social and political order where each of us will have equal opportunities for development, which is, for its part, a prerequisite for a developed society.

Policies developed through rights-based approaches allow for the guarantee of the following in society:

- upholding the dignity of each individual,

- upholding the rights and freedoms of each individual,

- establishing social justice and social cohesion.

 

How is the rights-based state policy formed? It is based on human rights norms and principles and norms enshrined in international law that are being transferred and “localized” into each sphere of public life of the given society.

HRBA assumes the following in regulation of each field of public life:

 

1. securing guarantees for the full protection and realization of human rights in a given field,

2. combating all types of discrimination in a given field,

3. ensuring inclusive decision-making with the equal and effective participation of all stakeholders and target groups,

4. ensuring transparency of decision-making processes,

5. ensuring accountability of decision-makers,

6. securing prevalence of the rule of law, i.e. ensuring that policy making goes in line with human rights standards and obligations of the State under the international law.

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HRRC pieces on the issue of adoption of rights-based approaches.