In a new report the Freedom Rights Project presents a snap shot of the body of human rights instruments that have appeared within the past few decades, totalling 667 individual provisions in the United Nations system and 710 in the Council of Europe. The result is not only needless complexity, but also real damage to the protection and credibility of human rights.
We argue that there should be a moratorium on further human rights treaties, and especially those that purport to privilege one particular interest group over another. Instead, the focus should be on the rigorous enforcement of existing core rights throughout the world. Rights inflation has merely been a mask for our failure to do so.
Download the report here: Human Rights Inflation
Read about the report in Foreign Affairs: The Danger of Human Rights Proliferation