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Human rights values

Human rights have intrinsic values but also instrumental values in terms of driving development: the realisation of rights directly increases human development, which builds capacity (such as knowledge or good health) that in turn enables people to better claim other rights.*

Recognition and implementation of universal human rights can be seen both as a goal and a driver of human development.**

Human rights have intrinsic value, and achieving them is seen as an objective in its own right. But human rights are also a critical factor for the long-term sustainability of development.***


*Source: Clark, D.A. (2005), The Capability Approach: Its Development, Critiques and Recent Advances. GPRG-WPS-032, Global Poverty Research Group, University of Manchester, UK.

**Conflict and fragility analysis – © OECD 2011

***OECD DAC Action-oriented Paper on Human Rights and Development (2007)

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