Taking a Human Rights Based Approach

Undertaking screening and impact assessment exercises can help check for human rights compliance. Many policy makers already consider human rights and guidance and tools are available in the Practical Guide to Policy Making that can support civil servants in this area. The aim of any consideration of human rights is to ensure that the resulting policy or legislation complies with human rights law and standards.

However, considering human rights throughout the policy development process and acting in a way that upholds human rights standards can make it easier for policy makers to produce a human rights compliant policy. The United Nations has developed a set of principles which can be used as a model of good practice for incorporating human rights.