Imbedding Culture of Human Rights in Society

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), October 15, 1999 | Go to article overview

Imbedding Culture of Human Rights in Society


Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), stressed the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in imbedding human rights in society.

``Our work as U.N. High Commissioner would be impossible without the close cooperation, contact and dialogue with non-governmental organizations,'' she said.

Ms. Robinson, who is in Korea to attend the Seoul International Conference of NGOs, said that UNHCR is faced with two challenges.

She said the first challenge is to imbed a culture of human rights in every country and every society.

She added that instilling a culture of human rights in every society is a huge challenge and would be impossible without the active role and participation of every country and the NGO community.

``I have said repeatedly that human rights is a broad agenda because it doesn't just mean civil and political rights. It also means placing equal importance on economic, social and cultural rights and rights to development.

``We need institutions such as national human rights commissions to bring human rights closer to people, to have a pro-active approach, to have an easier access to knowledge and information about human rights,'' she said. …

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