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Human rights principles Universality and inalienability Indivisibility Interdependence and interrelatedness Equality and non- discrimination Participation.

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1 Human rights principles Universality and inalienability Indivisibility Interdependence and interrelatedness Equality and non- discrimination Participation and inclusion Accountability and the rule of law

2 Equality and non-discrimination This principle requires … Eradication of legal, institutional, interpersonal and structural discrimination Programming implications: Legal framework should: –Derogate discriminatory legislation –Be conducive to the enjoyment of all human rights by all Public institutions should ensure: –Representation of marginalized or excluded groups –Services are accessible and sensitive to gender, age and cultural differences –Appropriate judicial and administrative redress mechanisms Public policies should: –Challenge model of appropriation and concentration of resources leading to structural discrimination and exclusion –Take affirmative steps –Promote education and public awareness

3 Participation This principle requires … Free, active, meaningful and inclusive participation Programming implications: Policies, processes and procedures should provide: –Opportunities for participation in planning and development –Access to relevant information –Capacities to marginalized groups to formulate proposals Institutional mechanisms should: –Be based on democratic principles –Not disempower existing democratic or traditional structure Civil society should: –Be active, independent and with capacities –Represent the voice of the marginalized and excluded groups –Have control over decision making process

4 Accountability (1) This principle requires … States and other duty bearers to be answerable for the observance of human rights Programming implications: State institutions should: –Be provided with sufficient resources, responsibilities and independent authority to effectively monitor the Government –E.g., independent human rights parliamentary bodies, national human rights institutions, judges, courts and legal counsel States to cooperate with international human rights systems: –Complying timely with international reporting obligations –Inviting Special Rapporteurs and providing information –Implementing the TB/SP recommendations

5 Accountability (2) This principle requires … Accessible, effective and independent mechanisms and procedures of redress Programming implications: Legal framework should: –Be in conformity with human rights norms –Establish conditions, procedures and mechanisms for rights- holders to claim their rights and duty-bearers to comply with their obligations Public policies should: –Take progressive steps to address the weakness in the accountability systems –Implement the human rights obligations of the State at a central, regional and local levels

6 Accountablity (3) This principle requires … Free and independent media, and groups of human rights defenders representative of men, women and marginalized or excluded groups Programming implications: An active, rights-sensitive civil society should: –Monitor the State compliance with its human rights obligations –Articulate concerns of the society and advocates for social human rights mechanisms E.g. Campaign on access to retro-viral medication in South Africa


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