Human rights and asset recovery

This section contains principles and standards linking human rights, illicit financial flows and asset recovery.

OHCHR Recommended Principles on Human Rights and Asset Recovery

The Recommended Principles are designed to support international cooperation in the context of asset recovery by detailing a human rights-based approach to the recovery and return of proceeds of corruption, and by providing best practices.

Year: 2022

Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt: Study to analyse the negative impact of illicit financial flows on the enjoyment of human rights in the context of the post 2015 development agenda

This study analysises the human rights impacts of illicit financial flows – in a broad sense and in particular in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Year: 2016

Human Rights Council: Comprehensive study on the negative impact of the nonrepatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights, in particular economic, social and cultural rights

This study links human rights and asset recovery, by discussing the main obstacles to the repatriation of funds of illicit origin, the mutual obligations imposed on States involved in the recovery process under the human rights framework and how the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin impacts on States’ capacity to fulfil their human rights obligations.

Year: 2011