Human Dignity is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation created in January 2014. We work to advance economic, social and cultural rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are based in Paris. Since 2017, we hold The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Consultative Status.
Human Dignity works towards the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights in Sub-Saharan Africa as a way of positively impacting peoples’ lives. In particular we aim to achieve the full implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR).
Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) are still poorly understood and rarely implemented in many States despite their being party to international treaties related to ESCR. Some States often cite the lack of resources to postpone actions and measures to progressively realise ESCR while national NGOs cite lack of expertise to monitor those rights. It is in this context that Human Dignity acts.
We have identified 5 key activities to promote the progressive realisation of ESCR at the national level :
- We support and strengthen the action and commitment of national non-governmental organisations (NGOs), key players in the defence of human rights, in their engagement with regional and international bodies in charge of the implementation of the standards for the protection of human rights. In particular, we support national NGOs in the drafting of shadow reports and their submission to the mechanisms in charge of the implementation of the Covenant on economic, social and cultural rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights - namely the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. We also support our partners in monitoring the implementation of recommendations by these mechanisms.
- We advocate with national authorities and international and intergovernmental organizations to ensure that economic, social and cultural rights are taken into account in national development strategies and national legal systems.
- Human Dignity and its partners document challenges and obstacles to the realisation of ESCR at the national level in order to address any practices, policies and measures by the authors, States and non-state actors which fail to respect such rights and ask them to take adequate measures to rectify the situation.
- We train agents of change such as national NGOs, authorities and national human rights institutions on ESCR in order to reinforce their capacities.
- Upon request, we assist victims of ESCR violations and their representatives to obtain redress.
These activities systematically take into account the principle of non-discrimination in the enjoyment of ESCR and, in particular, the equal right of men and women to the full enjoyment of all economic, social and cultural rights.