The article discusses what the introduction of the concept ”human security” can provide to central human rights discussions. The concept is introduced as part of the widened security debate. A focus on the content of the concepts “human rights” and “human security” is followed by discussions about the role of the concepts on the national and the international arena. The last one is analysed through relevant theories of international politics (IP)/international relations (IR), in order to show different possible understandings.

Keywords: Extended security debate, human security, human rights, state-citizen relationship, confidence, international actors, sovereignty, relevant IP/IR-theories.