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Human rights and rule of law

Respect for human rights and rule of law is among the most important indicators of good governance. Equally basic norms and institutions of a democratic society—accountability, transparency, deliberation, equality, justice and so on—are essential for realising human rights. Human rights norms, especially as they have evolved over the last 60 years, define the accepted values and standards of treatment of individuals and groups and thereby set the limits of state power in national contexts. Similarly, rule of law is concerned with the proper exercise of authority and power by the state. It stipulates the appropriate values and substantive standards for governance (such as transparency and accountability) and mandates certain processes in order to limit arbitrary use of power.

Related Subject(s): Democracy and Governance
Sustainable Development Goals:
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