National Strategies - Human Rights Commissions, Ombudsmen and National Action Plans

2000 Occasional Paper
By Pinheiro, Paulo Sergio

Human Development Report 2000 will focus on the theme of human rights and human development. Its message will be that human development and human rights are mutually reinforcing approaches to development, each bringing valuable strengths and tools to the task. In a broad and complex perspective, State human rights strategies are crucial for the protection and promotion of human rights. As States work to become responsible members of the international community, the formation and implementation of these strategies are essential for the fulfillment of the obligation they assume to defend the human rights of those individuals residing within their borders. One main instrument utilized in the definition of these State strategies is the establishment of Human Rights Institutions on the national level.