State budgets reveal whether the government is committed to human rights

Highlighting concrete examples of human-rights budgeting, such as the project initiated by the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast or the analysis of Institute for Democracy in South Africa, the Commissioner states that rights-based budgeting puts the emphasis on results, transparency and accountability.

He concludes affirming that “the key problem in all human rights work is still the gap between pledges and reality. This ‘implementation gap’ can only be bridged when budget processes and the budgets themselves reflect our vision about human rights for all.”

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