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The High Commissioners’ Promotion of Universality of Human Rights

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The principle of universality, as enshrined in all human rights documents generated and created by the world's most comprehensive multilateral institution, the United Nations (UN), focuses on the universality of application as well as on the universality of obligation. In terms of assessing the role played by various High Commissioners with regard to affirming the principle of universality in terms of women’s rights and in terms of economic, social, and cultural rights. Here, it was agreed that any harmful aspect of certain traditional, customary or modern practices that violates the rights of women should be prohibited and eliminated. In all cases, however, as human rights defenders working at local and national levels, it is key for the High Commissioner to inform anticipated public statements and actions with human rights defenders that live and work in a state.

Keywords:High Commissioner; human rights; United Nations (UN); universality



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