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Rights and Humanity is an international not-for-profit organisation contributing to development, peace and environmental sustainability through the realisation of human rights and responsibilities.
Who we are:
Established in 1986, Rights and Humanity is an independent not-for-profit association. Led by our Patrons, our network spans 54 countries and brings together people of diverse faiths, cultures, professions, and political viewpoints.
Rights and Humanity's premise is that globally recognised human rights law and the principles of humanity - those values and responsibilities shared across faiths and cultures - provide a legal framework and moral compass for solutions to global challenges.
Our Distinguishing Role
Rights and Humanity’s concern is for humanity as a whole, rather than any one group of stakeholders. Our practical projects prioritise the rights and needs of people living in poverty and social exclusion, with a focus on Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Our unique approach champions progress rather than blame, empowerment instead of handouts, responsibilities as much as rights.
We combine intellect with compassion; the realisation of human rights law with nurturing human dignity, mutual respect and solidarity.
We remain at the cutting edge of new thinking, focusing on:
- the practical realisation of human rights, rather than on monitoring violations
- tackling the root causes of poverty and prompting pro-active solutions
- encouraging a common vision in the midst of conflict
- inspiring, informing and empowering individuals and groups to play their role.
Rights and Humanity Our Achievements
Activities to realise Human Rights and Responsibilities - Think, Unite, Act
Rights and Humanity demonstrates how globally agreed human rights obligations can be implemented in practice. At the same time, we emphasise the values shared between faiths and cultures and empower individuals to act on their responsibilities in public policy and in corporate, professional and daily life. Our activities include:
- Thought Leadership and Innovation: Research and publications analysing how human rights and responsibilities can be used to develop solutions to a particular global issues - solutions that benefit all.
- Piloting innovative models for implementation and community empowerment and producing "how-to toolkits" for wider replication
- Building Bridges of Understanding, Respect and Cooperation: Residential retreats and workshops to foster a common appreciation of human rights/responsibilities between people of different faiths and viewpoints
- Multi-stakeholder roundtable meetings to build consensus on strategies for action
- Education and Communities for Action: Policy advice to UN, governments, corporations and NGOs
- Training for various sectors on implementation and measurement
- Facilitating individuals to strive for rights and humanity within their own spheres of influence.
By encouraging multi-stakeholder consensus and targeting policy guidance and training for UN agencies, Governments, NGOs and professionals, we have had a significant role in shaping international and national policies and action. We have influenced the agenda of many organisations particularly in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. The Human Rights Approach to Development, pioneered by Rights and Humanity, has now been adopted by the UN, as well as by a number of governments and NGOs around the world.
The impact of Rights and Humanity’s work has been felt worldwide, bettering the lives of many millions of people and building the capacity of development and human rights practitioners.
The importance of our work was endorsed by the award by HM Queen Elizabeth of the distinction of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) to our Founder and President, Professor Julia Häusermann, in 2001, for her services to international human rights.