Ensuring governments respect human rights

Upholding democratic support for citizen rights

Democracy should generate protection for human rights through accountability mechanisms that work across three axes:

  1. horizontal accountability refers to the role of the judiciary and integrity institutions such as the ombudsman and human rights commission
  2. vertical accountability refers to elections and the participatory role of citizens
  3. diagonal accountability denotes the role of free speech, media and civil society organisations in holding governments to account.
Government Government
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions