International human rights standards and instruments

Here you will find information on and links to main international human rights covenants both on UN and regional (European) level as well as to the most important international human rights protection bodies. In particular you will find:

  • Law sources according to subject
    Topical compilation of main law sources of basic and human rights’ covering issues from «Children’s Rights» to «Work Rights»
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
    The UDHR article by article / History and importance
  • UN: human rights treaties
    International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) / International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) / International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) / Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) / Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) / Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) / International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW) / Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) / other important conventions from the field of human rights
  • UN: human rights bodies
    Human Rights Council / High Commissioner for Human Rights / Treaty Bodies
  • UN: other institutions
    General Assembly & Third Committee / Security Council / Economic and Social Council / Commission on the Status of Women / International Labour Organization
  • Council of Europe - human rights treaties
    Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) and Convention protocols / European Social Charter and additional conventions / European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment / other European conventions
  • Council of Europe - human rights bodies
    European Court of Human Rights ECtHR / Commissioner for Human Rights / European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) / European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) / European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR)
  • Europe: other international organizations
    Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / European Union (EU)
  • Other regions' instruments
    African human rights system / Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) / Arab Charter on Human Rights
  • International humanitarian law
    History and importance / Geneva Conventions (treaties and additional protocols) / Implementation and enforcement
  • International criminal tribunals
    International Criminal Court (ICC) / International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) / International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) / Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) / Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
  • International news
    United Nations bodies / Institutions of the Council of Europe

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