International human rights law (IHRL)
International human rights law (IHRL) governs the obligations of states towards citizens and other individuals within their jurisdiction. Human rights law enshrines the highest of human ideals, that the fundamental dignity of every human being gives rise to certain rights and protections. Human rights thus cannot be taken away by states (although specific derogations are permitted), and apply at all times and in all places. Set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a host of other important conventions, IHRL plays a crucial role in the protection of all people. Though not designed as such, human rights law helps define the rights of specific vulnerable groups like IDPs or children because it defines the rights of all people, in the process putting flesh on what we mean by the fundamental dignity contained in the humanitarian principle of humanity.