UN calls for increased investment in human rights activities

Navi Pillay

The promotion and protection of human rights around the world by the UN Human Rights Office could stall due to lack of adequate funding.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says demand for human rights work especially following the uprising in North Africa, the Middle East and Côte d'Ivoire has stretched her office to breaking point.

She says human rights situations is several parts of the world may go unattended unless her organization was adequately funded. 

"With the momentous events taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, it has been striking and heartening to see how much attention is being given to human rights across the world. The importance of human rights is being proclaimed by politicians in many countries. So the message and the rhetoric are very encouraging in many countries. Yet, when I look at the amount of money being invested in human rights, I start to wonder how deep the commitment goes. Of the UN Secretariat's regular assessed budget of over 5.1 billion dollars a mere 2.8 percent is devoted to human rights, even though human rights is one of the Three Pillars of the United Nations alongside peace and security, and development."

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