Amnesty International have released a new report entitled “Human Rights and the post-2015 development agenda: ‘Time to deliver’”. Read extracts from the introduction below.
“As a global human rights movement, Amnesty International is working towards a world in which everyone can live free from fear and free from want. As part of this vision, Amnesty International wants to see human rights at the heart of the post-2015 agenda. Specifically we believe that the post-2015 development framework must be inclusive, transparent, participatory and informed by human rights standards in order to address some of the gaps in the previous Millennium Development Goals as well as current challenges to development. This in turn will ensure that development efforts reach the most vulnerable and marginalized in our societies. In the year of the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, Amnesty International urges states to reaffirm the indivisibility of human rights and commit to implement these obligations in practice.
WHY DO HUMAN RIGHTS MATTER?
Human rights are central to effective economic and social development for all, ensuring that nobody is left behind. They provide clear, consistent and objective goals and targets, both for states and for non-state actors including businesses, international donors and financial institutions. They also set out monitoring and accountability mechanisms by which progress can be measured. Human rights guard against discrimination and inequality. They ensure inclusion and provide remedies. Guaranteeing participation, good governance and transparency in public affairs, human rights help facilitate the involvement of people living in poverty and the most marginalized in policy planning, development and implementation.”
Click here to access the full report.