RWI launches a new publication focusing on human rights and local governance

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) launches its newest publication titled “Human Rights in Action: Localizing Human Rights for Sustainable Development”. This initiative, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), comes at a critical juncture as our world grapples with unprecedented challenges, magnifying the urgent need for tangible human rights implementation.

RWI presents this publication as a piece of reflection from its work towards realizing human rights at the local level. It stands as a testament to the commitment and resilience of all those engaged in RWI’s initiatives across the Asia-Pacific region. This publication was developed by Mr Abu Al-Rasheed Tanggol, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology and Windi Arini from Raoul Wallenberg Institute and reviewed by Johanna Sjöwall, RWI’s Technical Expert on Inclusion and Non-discrimination.

Within the pages of this publication, readers will delve into a narrative of empowerment, uncovering how the integration of human rights into local governance translates into tangible results, positively impacting the lives of individuals and communities.

Far from a mere reflection on past achievements, this publication serves as a dynamic catalyst for future action. It is a manifesto for inspiration and peer learning, equipping cities and local governments with the tools and motivation to embark on a transformative journey towards human rights-based policies and inclusive development.

A significant portion of this publication explores the “Why, Who, and How” of human rights as good governance, emphasizing the crucial integration of a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) into local policies and programs. It highlights the evolution of local governments in the global human rights landscape and their pivotal role in reshaping the narrative.

The “Who” section highlights the transformative power of multistakeholder engagement, showcasing collaborative synergy between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), academia, national governments, marginalized groups, and the business sector. It underscores the collective strength needed to bridge the gap between human rights principles and practical implementation.

Navigating the intricate details of the “How,” readers will gain actionable insights from RWI’s training alumnus into the strategies and mechanisms employed to integrate HRBA into local governance. From the advocacy prowess of CSOs to the indispensable role of NHRI and the transformative potential of the business sector, each stakeholder emerges as a crucial player in this symphony of change. RWI alumnus who contributed to this publication include:

  • Atty. Arlene Q. Alangco, Commission of Human Rights of the Philippines.
  • Dr. Md Shahid Uz Zaman, Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO).
  • Md. Abdul Motin, Bangladesh Research Institute for Development.
  • Fahmi Hidayat, Wonosobo Regency, Indonesia.
  • Atty. Leticia Clemente, Atty. Luz Balisong, Mr. Leopoldo H. Oviedo, and Atty. Hannah Calitong, City of Baguio, the Philippines.

This publication isn’t merely a guide; it challenges us all to rise to the occasion. As readers immerse themselves in the narratives within, let these stories not only inform but ignite inspiration. Together, let’s forge a path where human rights are not just principles on paper but living, breathing realities for all.

For inquiries, please contact: Windi Arini, Programme Officer, Inclusion and Non-discrimination.

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