Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. Human rights have the same values, regardless of where the individual resides. Everyone has interest in their realization everywhere. While the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds must be borne in mind, it is the duty of States, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems, to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
When the EU launched the Common Foreign and Security Policy, it placed Human Rights at the heart of the policy. A number of guidelines on Human Rights issues and on respect for International Humanitarian Law have been agreed upon by the Council of the European Union. The first ones, on the death penalty, were elaborated in 1998. They were followed by six others focused on torture, dialogue with third countries, children affected by armed conflict, human rights defenders, the rights of the child, and violence against women.
- The set of EU guidelines on Human Rights issues on the Council website
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Cairo declaration of human rights in Islam
- European Convention on Human rights
- African charter on human and peoples' rights
- Asian human rights charter
- Human rights policy of the EU
- Human rights council
- United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Handbook on promoting good governance in EC Development and Co-operation