10 Commitments

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Social Integration and Human Rights 

(Commitment 4 from Copenhagen): Promote social integration based on the enhancement and protection of all human rights

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International Agreements

UN Agencies & 
Intergov. Bodies reports




Indigenous Peoples

Religious Communities

Business & Industry

Trade Unions

Research, Education


Local Authorities


International Agreements

Commitment 4 from the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development

World Summit on Social Development, Copenhagen 1995
Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development
Chapter IV: Social Integration


UN Agencies & Intergovernmental Bodies reports


UNDP Human Development Report 2000 www.undp.org/hdr2000/

Human Rights and Human Development
Human rights and human development share a common vision and a common purpose—to secure, for every human being, freedom, well-being and dignity. Divided by the cold war, the rights agenda and development agenda followed parallel tracks. Now converging, their distinct strategies and traditions can bring new strength to the struggle for human freedom. Human Development Report 2000 looks at human rights as an intrinsic part of development—and at development as a means to realizing human rights. It shows how human rights bring principles of accountability and social justice to the process of human development.
Achieving rights for all people in all countries will require action and commitment from the major players in society. Tracing the struggle for human rights as common to all people, the Report concludes that the advances in the 21st century will be won by confronting entrenched economic and political interests.


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.unhchr.ch
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website with news, the Declaration in 270 languages and much other information

The Global Compact


At the World Economic Forum in Davos, UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan challenged world business leaders to "embrace and enact" the Global Compact, both in their individual corporate practices and by supporting appropriate public policies. These principles cover topics in human rights, labour and environment.
Visit this site to get an overview of these principles, a section on how to transform these principles into management practices, a section on partners and initiatives and more.



NGO Documents

OneWorld Directory http://www.oneworld.org/guides/human_rights/index.html
Directory of organisations and documents concerned with Human Rights
oneworld.net's guides aim to challenge and inform, questioning assumptions and suggesting alternatives on the subjects that really matter.


Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/about/about.html
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, standing with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
HRW investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable, challenging governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.
HRW enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2000


Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/
Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.
Amnesty International has around a million members and supporters in 162 countries and territories. Activities range from public demonstrations to letter-writing, from human rights education to fundraising concerts, from individual appeals on a particular case to global campaigns on a particular issue.

Amnesty International's newly launched report focuses on numerous feminist issues including the Taliban's continuing barbarisms, "honour killings", the trafficking of women and girls, "custodial" rape/torture and military violence against women and children.


People's Decade of Human Rights Education (PDHRE-International) http://www.pdhre.org/
The PDHRE website interprets and translates human rights in an easy to use way to make the human rights framework useful and relevant for people's daily lives and their struggles for a better world.
The human rights framework can be a practical, effective tool for achieving dignity for all. Visit this site to learn how human rights relate to social and economic injustices in your community. Find compilations on governments' obligations and commitments to ensuring the realisation of human rights on 23 issues and hold your government accountable. Discover how increasing awareness of human rights can strengthen and invigorate efforts for change. 

Coalition for Global Solidarity and Social Development http://www.globalsolidarity.npaid.org/coalition.html
The Coalition is promoting grass-roots participation and involvement in the social summit and linking together groups and organisations working from around the world in a common, global initiative to raise understanding and awareness of the principles and aims of the summit, and to strengthen global solidarity, cooperation, and coordination. 

Articles on Human Rights






European Baha'i Youth Council (EBYC) http://www.ebyc.org/dea/
The EBYC is the voice of the Bahá'í youth of Europe, it stimulates and co-ordinates the manifold activities of European Bahá'í youth.
Go to section on Human Rights
EBYCl has organised study sessions and seminars on Human Rights Education for YNGOs, and has been responsible for the establishment of a Human Rights Education Youth Network and Web Site. Visit this site to read the report.


Indigenous Peoples


Religious Communities

Baha'i International Community http://www.bahai.org/bworld/frame.cfm?token=233697&CL=1
The Baha'i World. 
Go to Social Action, click on Human Rights
Visit this site for sections on:
- A Baha'i Declaration of Human Rights and Obligations
- Human Rights Education Activities
- The Human Rights Discourse: A Baha'i Perspective
- Baha'i Statements on Human Rights Education
- Baha'i Statements on Rights of the Child

The Baha'i World - Baha'i Statements on Human Rights



Business & Industry

Corporate Social Responsibility http://www.responsibilityinc.com/Departments/humanrights.html
An online magazine reporting on the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and its relationship to corporate success with employees, consumers and investors. Coverage includes news, reputation management, benchmark practices, consumer attitudinal changes and public relations.
Papers/news on Human Rights concerns. 


Trade Unions

World Confederation of Labor (WCL) http://www.cmt-wcl.org/en/index.html
The World Confederation of Labour (WCL) is an international trade union confederation uniting autonomous and democratic trade unions from 113 countries all over the world . Its head office is located in Brussels, Belgium, and it has over 26 million members, mainly from Third World countries. The past three years have been marked by the affiliation of mostly African and Central and Eastern European organisations. The latest Congress took place in Bangkok, Thailand (Asia), from 1st to the 6th of December 1997 under the theme of "Struggle to change course".
WCL has become a workers’ organisation that draws its inspiration from humanist, ethical and moral values and protects the interests of the workers, women and men alike, throughout the world. The WCL has also adopted an independent attitude towards governments, political parties, power blocs, religions and churches.

Human Right and International Labour Standards Department


World Directory of Trade Unions http://www.cf.ac.uk/ccin/union/links.html
there are over 1500 links to international union organisations, national unions, locals and union resource sites in every continent.
Visit this site for more information on:
- Trade Union Resources on the Web
- Labour Movement News
- Schedule of Conferences, etc. 



Research, Education




Local Authorities


Descriptions have been taken and adapted from the web-sites linked to.



Commitment 4: Promoting Social Integration and Human Rights

We commit ourselves to promoting social integration by fostering societies that are stable, safe and just and that are based on the promotion and protection of all human rights, as well as on non-discrimination, tolerance, respect for diversity, equality of opportunity, solidarity, security, and participation of all people, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and persons.

To this end, at the national level, we will:

(a) Promote respect for democracy, the rule of law, pluralism and diversity, tolerance and responsibility, non-violence and solidarity by encouraging educational systems, communication media and local communities and organizations to raise people's understanding and awareness of all aspects of social integration;

(b) Formulate or strengthen policies and strategies geared to the elimination of discrimination in all its forms and the achievement of social integration based on equality and respect for human dignity;

(c) Promote access for all to education, information, technology and know-how as essential means for enhancing communication and participation in civil, political, economic, social and cultural life, and ensure respect for civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights;

(d) Ensure the protection and full integration into the economy and society of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and persons;

(e) Formulate or strengthen measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of migrants, migrant workers and their families, to eliminate the increasing acts of racism and xenophobia in sectors of many societies, and to promote greater harmony and tolerance in all societies;

(f) Recognize and respect the right of indigenous people to maintain and develop their identity, culture and interests, support their aspirations for social justice and provide an environment that enables them to participate in the social, economic and political life of their country;

(g) Foster the social protection and full integration into the economy and society of veterans, including veterans and victims of the Second World War and other wars;

(h) Acknowledge and encourage the contribution of people of all age groups as equally and vitally important for the building of a harmonious society, and foster dialogue between generations in all parts of society;

(i) Recognize and respect cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, promote and protect the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities, and take measures to facilitate their full participation in all aspects of the political, economic, social, religious and cultural life of their societies and in the economic progress and social development of their countries;

(j) Strengthen the ability of local communities and groups with common concerns to develop their own organizations and resources and to propose policies relating to social development, including through the activities of non-governmental organizations;

(k) Strengthen institutions that enhance social integration, recognizing the central role of the family and providing it with an environment that assures its protection and support. In different cultural, political and social systems, various forms of the family exist;

(l) Address the problems of crime, violence and illicit drugs as factors of social disintegration.

At the international level, we will:

(m) Encourage the ratification of, the avoidance as far as possible of the resort to reservations to, and the implementation of international instruments and adherence to internationally recognized declarations relevant to the elimination of discrimination and the promotion and protection of all human rights;

(n) Further enhance international mechanisms for the provision of humanitarian and financial assistance to refugees and host countries and promote appropriate shared responsibility;

(o) Promote international cooperation and partnership on the basis of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.


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