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Human Rights

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. These values are defined and protected by law.

These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect, and independence. They can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example, if a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security.

The United Nations protects human rights on a global scale through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities. Read more.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

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