UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Recognizes CT for Promoting & Advancing Democracy

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recognized  Constitutional Transitions for its work to advance democracy around the world in a report on “common challenges facing States in their efforts to secure democracy and the rule of law from a human rights perspective.”

Constitutional Transitions was highlighted in a section on best practices of international and regional actors, alongside the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

“We’re very pleased that the Office of the High Commissioner and the Human Rights Council are dedicating themselves to developing best practices in the field,” said Director Sujit Choudhry, adding “it is a privilege to be included in such a robust coalition of actors working to secure democratic governance worldwide.”

The report was prepared for the UN Human Rights Council. The report examines various challenges to democracy, ranging from social and economic inequality to political instability. Among other topics, it stresses the needs of states transitioning to democracy, and the importance of constitutional reform in the “redistribution of political power with a view to secure effective government underwritten by the rule of law and human rights.” The full report is available here.