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This fourth edition of the Human Rights Manual has been prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Human Rights Branch to foster a deeper understanding of human rights among officers of the department, especially those who handle human rights as part of their work responsibilities. It is also intended to provide the public an explanation of how human rights policy is pursued.

The manual is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the history, principles or current status of human right s issues. There are numerous texts and journals devoted to these issues that can be consulted for more detailed examination of various aspects of human rights . Instead, the manual seeks to provide officials and others interested in these matters with a sound, general introduction and to serve as a basic reference book for officers in the course of their work.

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