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Access to human rights: improving access for groups at high risk (2004)



Enhancing AccessWhy are many individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable because of exclusion, poverty and discrimination, unable to obtain benefits and rights to which they are entitled in law? This report examines the impediments that obstruct large numbers of people from accessing the full range of human rights. It analyses the performance and responsibilities of governments and other institutions, and identifies new forms of action that official and human rights organisations might need to undertake if access is to be improved.

Research team




“A clear, rich and forward-looking report. The first study to provide some welcomed insight into a little-researched human rights issue. A valuable policy tool, which challenges us to identify fresh and dynamic ways to address practically the problems of exclusion and of access to human rights.” Bertrand Ramcharan, United Nations Acting-High Commissioner for Human Rights