Protecting universal human rights: Imagine a better world

Short animation examining why protecting and defending human rights ensures an equitable response to humanitarian crises and addresses economic inequality.

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Protecting universal human rights: Imagine a better world

— Short animation examining why protecting and defending human rights ensures an equitable response to humanitarian crises and addresses economic inequality.

Chanu Peiris

Assistant Director, International Law Programme

Human rights are not policies that can be overturned, they are not granted by governments. They belong to everyone as human beings.

For the most part, states are meeting their commitments to defend and protect universal human rights. But increasingly some governments are beginning to shy away from their obligations, and some are even actively seeking to subvert human rights.

And the regional and international bodies created and charged with defending these rights are being challenged by the rise of new powers and political movements.

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