PANEL principles

Taking a human rights based approach is about making sure that people's rights are put at the very centre of policies and practices. The PANEL principles are one way of breaking down what this means in practice:

Human Rights based approach


People should be involved in decisions that affect their rights.



There should be monitoring of how people’s rights are being affected, as well as remedies when things go wrong.



All forms of discrimination must be prohibited, prevented and eliminated. People who face the biggest barriers to realising their rights should be prioritised.



Everyone should understand their rights, and be fully supported to take part in developing policy and practices which affect their lives.


Approaches should be grounded in the legal rights that are set out in domestic and international laws.

Find Out More

Work through our Self-Assessment Toolkit and read Human Rights - Putting it Into Practice, a series of case studies showing a human rights based approach in action.