Human Rights

The protection and promotion of human rights is one of the basic priorities of Spanish foreign policy, as confirmed by the Foreign Action Strategy published in 2015. Human rights issues are on the agenda in all bilateral contacts with governments of all the regions of the world.

The Human Rights Office (odh@maec.es) is the body of the Directorate-General of the United Nations and Directorate-General for Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation that is responsible for coordinating Spanish foreign policy in the area of protecting and promoting human rights and the drafting, proposal and application of this policy in international bodies.

  • España, en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas

    ​El 1 de enero de 2018 España ha iniciado su mandato como miembro del Consejo de Derechos Humanos para el periodo 2018-2020, tras haber sido elegida por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas en la reunión que tuvo lugar en Nueva York el pasado 16 de octubre. Es la segunda vez que España forma parte de este Consejo, tras un primer mandato entre los años 2011 y 2013.

  • Spanish priorities
    The promotion and defence of human rights constitutes one of the priorities of foreign policy and international cooperation to guarantee peace and security in the world.
    This policy is implemented through five non-exclusive priority areas: the fight against the death penalty; non-discrimination for reasons of gender or sexual orientation; the rights of people with disabilities; the human right to drinking water and sanitation; and companies and human rights. Together with these, and acting across these areas, particular attention is paid to supporting defenders of human rights, for whom there is a temporary reception programme.
  • Human rights around the world
    Thousands of people every day demand respect for human rights as recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Human rights continue to be violated by governments that take freedom away from their citizens, incarcerate journalists, or prevent free and fair elections from being held.
  • Election Observation
    The multiple democratisation processes initiated in much of the world nearly three decades ago have led to increasingly greater demand for international election observation missions.
  • El Examen Periódico Universal (EPU) es un mecanismo del Consejo de Derechos Humanos en virtud del cual todos los Estados miembros de Naciones Unidas se someten, cada cinco años aproximadamente, a una revisión por parte de los demás Estados de sus compromisos, logros y retos pendientes en materia de derechos humanos. Todos los Estados de Naciones Unidas aceptan este procedimiento, lo que fortalece el carácter universal del ejercicio

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