Food for a broadly endorsed thought
Human Rights Reader 259
A TALE ABOUT INHUMAN WRONGS AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
Is it facetious to say that ever more people are ever more worse-off?
1. Human Rights (HR) provide an authoritative legal and moral framework to tackle the deep-rooted causes of the ‘inhuman wrongs’ of poverty and discrimination, i.e., the ongoing global processes of impoverishment. (U. Baxi) The HR framework deals not only with legal justice (which is the primary preoccupation of older, traditional human rights organizations), but also with economic and social justice which is as central to development work. To deal with both of these, many development actors –development organisations, donors and governments– are now actively integrating HR into development planning. Many of the latter are integrating HR into poverty reduction (disparity reduction) strategies as many more community-based organisations are advocating for themselves for their economic, social and cultural rights.
2. The HR framework offers distinctive strengths and specific tools to change the direction of development work. It makes individuals the owners of HR and puts the human person at the center of the development process. People are viewed as active agents who participate actively in decision-making. The-human-right-to-live-life-in-dignity (adequate housing, nutrition, education, healthcare, access to a decent livelihoods and to employment opportunities) is now seen as an inalienable HR to which everyone is entitled. This fundamental shift from charity/service delivery to HR moves the poorest members of our societies from a position of vulnerability to a position of strength and, therefore, from a position of powerlessness to a position of power. (Dignity International)
3. The Human Rights-based approach (HRBA) is not to be seen as an action plan, but rather as an enabling framework that has received broad and representative endorsement. Alone it has no teeth; leadership is indispensable to applying the HRB framework as a process.