30, April, 2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Human Rights – Module 2: Promoting and Guaranteeing Human Rights

Participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America reflected on mechanisms for promoting and guaranteeing human rights, and how these could be adapted to their own contexts.

This document summarises conclusions drawn from the second module of the online learning programme on Latin American lessons and good practice regarding human rights, during which participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America explored three different mechanisms being implemented in the Latin American region for promoting and guaranteeing human rights: the establishment of National Human Rights Institutions, integrating a Rights Based Approach into budgeting and public policy, and strategic litigation.  By acknowledging government failures regarding the promotion and guarantee of human rights and by making specific recommendations, these institutions and mechanisms influence public policies and generate social change. The rich discussions allowed participants to highlight similarities and contrasts between Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and to identify issues and conclusions that seem to be critical for the different themes.

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Key Conclusions:

  • National Human Rights Institutions serve as important intermediaries between citizens and governments when a human rights violation has been detected by acting as a watchdog to monitor state compliance with human rights obligations, bringing cases before public authorities, mediating social conflicts and influencing rights based public policies.
  • A Right Based Approach to budgeting and policy making can be crucial to help embed a human rights culture in the public administration and improve respect for social, economic and cultural rights.
  • A well-prepared strategic litigation case presided by a progressive judge has the potential to drive social change and improve the situation of human rights through ordering improvements to public policy.

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