Universality & Indivisibillity
The principles of universality and indivisibility inform every aspect of Rights and Humanity’s policy-development and implementation projects. We recognise that human rights are not just about liberty and freedoms, but also about equality, equity and justice; not just about individuals, but also about the common good. Today, these principles are globally recognised as fundamental principles governing human rights. But this was not the case when Rights and Humanity was established in 1986. Many states and individuals perceived the human rights agenda to be a Western construct.
Through including and promoting a multi-faith, multi-cultural perspective in all our work, Rights and Humanity has demonstrated that human rights are rooted in the philosophies, religions and cultures throughout the world. To hold states accountable for their performance with relation to global human rights standards is not to impose the value system of any one part of the world on another, but to refer to universal values based on the distilled knowledge and wisdom of all our faiths and cultures.
By using a values-based, participatory approach we have promoted wide ownership of the human rights and responsibility agenda by individuals from many different societies in the context of their own values and beliefs, professional ethics or business best practice. We have invited experts from all regions of the world to contribute their voice to our publications and to demonstrate their own expertise and commitment to human rights.