Good Human Rights Stories coalition launched

Full Text Sharing

The participating countries include: Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chile, Georgia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, The Gambia, Tunisia and Uruguay.

At a time of aggressive attempts to undermine the universality and indivisibility of human rights, including through spreading of negative practices and narratives, this initiative aspires to create a fresh positive narrative on human rights in the world.

Its central focus is on good human rights stories and on inspiring the implementation of human rights-based policies and open consultative processes in all fields, by identifying, sharing, showcasing, and promoting positive examples.

The examples that foster peace, development and security through human rights, a narrative that advocates resilient democracies and inclusive societies.

The launch event took place in the presence of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, High Representative Federica Mogherini and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

In her opening remarks, High Representative Mogherini said "Human rights are not a ‘nice to have policy’, an abstract concept that only concerns those in New York or Geneva who spend so much time talking about them. It is not an elite thing. As our stories today show, human rights are real; they improve lives for millions of people; they strengthen societies and charter the path for a better collective future for humanity".

The EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis added "human rights are not a romantic undertaking, they are not a 'luxury' but they are both an obligation to our peoples' dignity and a central way to achieve key government priorities".

There could not be a better moment for launching the Good Human Rights Stories coalition than the year devoted to the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In their joint communiqué "the members of the initiative fully supported the UN Secretary General's pledge marking the 70th Anniversary, including the commitment to "stand up" for everyone's rights".

The stories vary from the examples showcasing different forms of engagement between the state and the civil society for the better social and economic development of the countries (Burkina Faso, Korea) through the ones presenting the comprehensive frameworks aiming at women's empowerment and combatting gender violence (New Zealand, Tunisia) or anti-torture mechanisms and reforms of the penitentiary system which have significantly improved prison conditions and rehabilitation (Georgia).

The EU story highlights the improvements made for people who are victims of crime and how their lives changed for the better since the EU adopted a law three years ago which better defends their rights (EU Victims Directive). EU story also features those who assist victims to overcome their trauma, exercise their rights and find the help and treatment they need.

Position: Co -Founder of ENGAGE,a new social venture for the promotion of volunteerism and service and Ideator of Sharing4Good


Focus is around great human

Focus is around great human rights stories and on moving the execution of human rights-based arrangements and open consultative procedures in all fields, by distinguishing, sharing, exhibiting, and advancing positive essay help models. It's anything but a world class thing. As your accounts today appear, human rights are genuine; they enhance lives for many individuals; they fortify social orders and contract the way for a superior aggregate future for mankind.

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.