The Human Rights Approach to Social Protection
This publication constitutes a summary of the analyses and arguments presented by the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, in her reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly in regard to the human rights approach to social protection. It is intended to be an articulation of the fundamental elements of the human rights framework applicable to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection systems, and to provide some concrete examples of obstacles that arise when implementing social protection.
This publication elaborates a human rights framework for social protection, identifying best practices and disseminating lessons learned. It applies the central human rights principles of the human rights framework – equality and nondiscrimination (including accessibility, acceptability, affordability and the incorporation of the gender perspective), participation, transparency and accountability – to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection systems.