International Service supports York to become first Human Rights city.

International Service CEO Jo Baker with Charlie Croft (York City Council). Photo Credit: Les Gibbon

International Service CEO Jo Baker has pledged the York-based global human rights charity’s support to York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN).

As the first UK Human Rights City, York commits to being a place where local government, businesses and organisations take positive steps to ensure that human rights are protected, and where people are empowered to understand and claim their rights.

On Monday 24th April the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor declared York to the UK’s first Human Rights City, formalising the city’s aim to use human rights in decision making, and to improve five key aspects of life in York:

Signing the pledge on behalf of the organisation, CEO Jo Baker said: “We’re proud to be pledging our support to YHRCN. We know from 64 years’ of experience working with vulnerable people and communities across the globe that when people are aware of, and are able to access their human rights, they can bring about long-lasting changes that benefit not just themselves, but their whole community.”

“But that doesn’t mean that human rights only have a role in developing countries.”

“The rights of all children to receive a quality education, for every citizen to receive decent healthcare, be able to earn a living or live in safety are as relevant to our lives in York as anywhere on the planet. So York becoming a Human Rights City is exciting for everyone who wants to build a fairer, stronger city.”

This rights-based approach is already transforming communities across the developing world: International Services supported women artisans in Ghana to earn a fair living, and empowers people with disabilities in Burkina Faso to take a full, active part in their community.

To find out more about York Human Rights City Network visit: