Human Rights-Based Approaches and EU Development Aid Policies

“Despite increased use of human rights language, a range of key EU development policies do not coherently or consistently reflect the applicable international human rights framework. Weaknesses include substitution of legally precise human rights terminology with vague formulations of language; misrepresenting the relationship between policy commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals and the legal obligations of human rights; failure to identify core development challenges, such as poverty as a denial of human rights, or to acknowledge the equal status of economic, social and cultural rights and civil and political rights.”  (IHRN)

This briefing paper is the result of a joint initiative by Terre des Hommes International Federation, Action Aid International, Amnesty International EU Office and International Human Rights Network (IHRN). These four organisations have jointly funded the initiative, with this paper being researched and written by IHRN.

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