Un Declaration On Human Rights

1591 WordsJan 13, 20157 Pages
In the past the United Kingdom has been a strong supporter of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and of the EU Guidelines on HRDs. The purpose of UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders is to articulate existing human rights so that it is easier to apply them to the situation of human rights defenders. It also specifies how the rights of humans, such as the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, apply to defenders of human rights. Furthermore, it also outlines the specific duties of States and the responsibility of everyone with regard to defending human rights. Additionally, the United Kingdom supports the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the work it has been doing. The OHCHR works to ensure the human rights that are guaranteed under international law such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, the United Kingdom is a host for the NGO Military Contact Group which works to strengthen communication between NGOs and British armed forces. The NGO-military-contact group meets on a quarterly basis in order to discuss operational and technical issues that involve civil-military relations in humanitarian response. For example, in January 2009 the conference discussed the protection of civilians in areas of armed conflict. In addition, the UK has taken action in ensuring that the Human Rights Council of Syria investigates and fully maps out any human rights violations to ensure civilians are being kept
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