OHCHR Guidelines for States on the Effective Implementation of the Right to Participate in Public Affairs

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The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently published Guidelines on effectively implementing the right to participate in public affairs. Various dimensions of that right are covered, with a focus on participation in electoral processes, in non-electoral contexts and at the international level, and recommendations to both States and civil society have been formulated. The Guidelines emphasize the need to provide a safe, conducive environment for people to participate freely and highlight states’ obligation to be accountable and transparent when making decisions and to encourage diverse groups to join in the process without discrimination. Read more here.


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