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Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: UN:s Work for Human Rights

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute's Guide to Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The International Bill of Human Rights

The Core International Human Rights Instruments and Their Monitoring Bodies

There are nine core international human rights treaties. Each of these treaties has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties.

United Nations Website about Human Rights

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Information retrieval on human rights

Official Document Search

The Official Document System of the UN is a massive database of UN documents. It includes:

1. Official UN Documents from 1993 onwards (with older documents being added gradually). The documents include:

Documents relating UN meetings
Documents from commissions
Resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards

A good introduction: Research Guide http://research.un.org/en/docs/symbols

2. UN Sales Publications, Treaties and Press Releases are not included in the database. To find UN Sales Publications use UNBISNET. To find Treaties use the UN Treaties database

3. Task: Open ODS Official Document Search (ODS) https://documents.un.org/prod/ods.nsf/home.xsp

Find S/RES/2438 (2018)

What is the Resolution about and what countries are addressed?

Recalling-what does that means?

4. Find: A/RES/74/9
What is the resolution about?

Look for the voting result https://digitallibrary.un.org/search?ln=en&cc=Voting+Data

How did the states vote? How many yes and how many no?

Human Rights - The system for Human Rights protection
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (​OHCHR)


All Human Rights Bodies


Charter Based Body Database

Treaty Bodies https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/Pages/Overview.aspx

Status of Ratifications


Universal Human Rights Instruments

In addition to the International Bill of Rights and the core human rights treaties, there are many other universal instruments relating to human rights. A non-exhaustive selection is listed below. The legal status of these instruments varies: declarations, principles, guidelines, standard rules and recommendations have no binding legal effect, but such instruments have an undeniable moral force and provide practical guidance to States in their conduct; covenants, statutes, protocols and conventions are legally-binding for those States that ratify or accede to them.

World Conference on Human Rights and Millennium Assembly

The Right of Self-Determination

Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Minorities

Prevention of Discrimination

Rights of Women

Rights of the Child

Rights of Older Persons

Rights of Persons with Disabilties

Human Rights in the Administration of Justice: Protection of Persons Subjected to Detention or Imprisonment

Social Welfare, Progress and Development

Promotion and Protection of Human Rights


Right to Health

Right to Work and to Fair Conditions of Employment 

Freedom of Association

Slavery, Slavery-Like Practices and Forced Labour

Rights of Migrants

Nationality, Statelessness, Asylum and Refugees