Commission on Human Rights resolution 2000/63 Human rights and human responsibilities

The Commission on Human Rights

Guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, particularly its Article 1, paragraph ,

Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and the commitment to promote its effective recognition and observance by progressive measures, national and international,

Recalling that human responsibilities were an integral part of the negotiating process leading to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are an integral part of the Universal Declaration itself, but have since been ignored,

Underscores that other human rights instruments, while defining specific rights, also include human responsibilities,

Convinced, in an increasingly interdependent world, of the need to promote a culture of responsibility based on existing human rights norms and standards,

Mindful that such a culture of responsibility is the fundamental element in the promotion and protection of all human rights,

Bearing in mind that human rights are closely linked to human responsibilities and that both aim at human dignity,

1. Stresses the urgent need to give practical effect to the specific responsibilities defined in all human rights instruments;

2. Requests the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights to undertake a study on the issue of human rights and human responsibilities and to submit an interim study to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-seventh session and a complete study to the Commission at its fifty-eighth session;

3. Decides to continue its consideration of this question at its fifty-seventh session under the same agenda item.

65th meeting
26 April 2000

[Adopted by a roll-call vote of 22 votes to 21,
with 10 abstentions. See chap. XVII.]



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