Human Rights Principles

We the People versus corporations are human beings with human rights. 

The Global Compact asks companies to embrace universal principles and to partner with the United Nations. It has grown to become a critical platform for the UN to engage effectively with enlightened global business.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Human Rights Principles

Universality is the principle that human rights must be afforded to everyone, without exception. It is by virtue of being human, alone, that every person is entitled to human rights.

Equity is the principle that every person is entitled to the same ability to enjoy human rights. 

Accountability is the principle that mechanisms must exist to enable enforcement of human rights. It is not enough merely to recognize human rights. There must be means of holding both public and private government accountable for failing to meet human rights standards. Ultimate accountability falls to sovereign nations and their people.

Transparency is the principle that government must be open with regard to information and decision-making processes. People must be able to know how public institutions needed to protect human rights are managed and run.

Participation is the principle that government must engage people and support their participation in decisions about how their human rights are ensured.

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Resources on Human Rights Principles

Photo of Eleanor Roosevelt with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document - 1948.