What are Human Rights?
The City of Eugene has defined Human Rights as the “basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled.” Examples of rights and freedoms which have come to be commonly thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life and liberty, freedom of expression, and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education.
A Human Rights framework refers to ways in which City government can implement international human rights standards and principles in its overall operations by:
Addressing human rights violations even when these violations can be considered unintentional or inadvertent
Being proactive in identifying and seeking solutions to human rights problems and issues
Being publicly accountable for progress in remedying human rights problems by timetables, benchmarks, and appropriate measures
Being transparent and open about all government decisions bearing on people’s human rights
Establishing mechanisms to insure active public participation in human rights problem identification and in establishing solutions
Providing education to all people about their human rights and how they can seek redress for rights violations
Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”