Values and Principles

In 1987, Rights and Humanity’s first year, our members adopted the Founding Values of Rights and Humanity as a guide for the conduct of all our work. These recognise the equal worth and dignity of every human being and our common humanity. They form the basic philosophy of the organisation and our global network.

Rights and Humanity’s work is firmly rooted in human rights law and shared values. As a multi-faith, multi-cultural organisation, it is clear to Rights and Humanity that there are a number of core vales shared by people throughout the world whatever their faith, and regardless of whether or not they practice a religion.

The Rights and Humanity Principles of Responsibility

In response to the fact that there was at the time no agreed list of individual responsibilities around which to build global consensus, throughout 2003 Rights and Humanity worked with our Patrons and representatives from a wide group of faiths and professions to draft The Rights and Humanity Principles of Responsibility. These seven simple principles provide a guide for ethical action in public policy, professional, corporate and daily life. In summary these are:

From right to left: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan and The Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, on signing the Principles of Responsibility.

  • Recognise and respect our common humanity
  • Respect human dignity
  • Revere life
  • Respect and promote the human rights of everyone, everywhere
  • Think and behave with compassion
  • Act with integrity
  • Make peace

The Principles were drafted in cooperation with a multi-faith and multi-disciplinary expert group and were signed by our Patrons in December 2003 and subsequently by people from many different faiths and walks of life.

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