Rule of law, justice, security and human rights
One out of three people in the region are excluded from society, ranging from 12 percent in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to 72 percent in Tajikistan. This can take the form of exclusion from public services, including services related to the justice system. In societies where the rule of law prevails, access to justice should be a universally enjoyed right.
The rule of law is the idea that all people and institutions, public or private, are equal before the law. It’s a simple concept that forms the basis for many of our human rights, including access to justice and accountability in public administration. But the rule of law is also a living concept, and all societies need to work to make sure that it’s protected.
UNDP works with national partners to protect human rights, especially on behalf of the most vulnerable groups: minorities, women, people living in poverty, and people with disabilities.
In addition to legislative reforms, and implementing core human rights conventions, upholding human rights also requires addressing discrimination and social exclusion.
With support from UNDP, many national partners throughout the region have improved voting rights, social services and employment opportunities for victims of conflict, people living in poverty and people with disabilities.
As UNDP continues its work in the region, we will push for more accountable government, dynamic civil society and active citizens engaged in human rights and justice.