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Labour Rights

FICSA considers that the international civil servants of the United Nations system have the same rights and freedoms that have been recognized for all human beings in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the other international instruments concerning human rights adopted under the auspices of the United Nations.

FICSA also considers that international civil servants enjoy the rights set out in international labour conventions adopted by the International Labour Organization.

In 1979, FICSA adopted a resolution on the Rights of International Civil Servants.

The New York Declaration on the Independence and Rights of International Civil Servants

In 1995, the Yearly Organizing Reunion of International Civil Services (YORICS) convened a symposium on the legal status of international civil servants. A prominent American attorney, Theodore Kheel, acted as moderator.

The distinguished group of legal experts who participated in the symposium advised the observers - staff representatives from a number of international civil services both within and outside the UN system - how best to encourage the development of the legal regimes governing the international civil services. The legal experts drafted the New York Declaration on the Independence and Rights of International Civil Servants, which was adopted at the symposium.

New York Declaration