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Published on 30 January 2024

Human Rights

Human rights (civil, cultural, economic, political & social) are inherent in all human beings, irrespective of nationality, place of residence, sex, gender, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. Human rights are universal, interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. They are guaranteed by law, in treaties and customary international law. These oblige States & other duty-bearers to respect, protect and fulfil human rights of individuals and groups, without discrimination.

[…] As we celebrate the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our worst enemy is complacency. We must continue to make human rights real in the lives of people everywhere.
UN SG Antonio Guterres, February 2023

1 January 2019

SDC Guidance on Human Rights in Development and Cooperation [Guidance] [EN]


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18 March 2024

SDC’S Human Rights Projects

Thematically structured list of SDC's support to human rights projects around the world.

18 March 2024

International Human Rights Mechanisms

SDC seeks to use international human rights mechanisms to inform and advance its development programs. Below Factsheets give an overview of the key mechanisms (Universal Periodic Review or UPR; Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures) as well as how SDC can and has used them for its work.