Food for revitalizing a thought
Human Rights Reader 374
Is there a relationship between the so prevalent human rights violations and large groups of people living frightened?
1. An examination of the history of almost any type of social movement, including human rights (HR) movements, shows that there are great spurts of action, of organization followed by periods of relatively slower growth, perhaps to be followed by new spurts, generally of a variant kind of organization in the same realm. It may well be, that the original spurt of the HR movement is at a lull right now (the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) only pay lip service to them!) and that a next spurt with a renewed moral (i) and political spirit is ‘in the air’ (A. Stinchcombe) --meaning fear and fright are being overcome…
United Nations agencies, such as WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, OHCHR, ILO, UNDP, etc., came together in 2003 to adopt a Common Understanding on Human rights-based approaches to development cooperation and programming. The Common Understanding aims to ensure that a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) is applied consistently at the global, regional and country level. The HRBA is based on the human rights found in national, regional and international laws, treaties and systems.
Although this sounds good, the HRBA has not been applied consistently since 2003. Some UN agencies have done little if anything, while a few have succeeded in incorporating the HRBA into their programs. It's important for community activists to be able to know where an agency stands on HRBA by looking at their specific programs. Almost all of the UN programs can be found online, and can provide sufficient details to check if the HRBA is being applied.
The abbreviation P.L.A.N.E.T. can be used as a quick tool to see whether a health or development program is applying the HRBA, or not: