Update: 15.05.2014

UN-Human Rights Conventions: Getting Started

The Charter of the United Nations (1945) contains the distinct instruction of member states to promote the respect of and the realization of human rights for everyone. The General Assembly laid the foundation for a universal human rights standard with the adoption of the «Universal Declaration of Human Rights» (UDHR) in the year 1948.

From the UDHR to the UN-Covenants of the year 1966

However, it would take almost another twenty years until the first legally binding human rights conventions would come into being at the international level. In the year 1966, UN-General Assembly adopted the Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and on Civil and Political Rights, respectively. Together with the «Universal Declaration of Human Rights», these two Covenants form the «International Charter of Human Rights» that is complemented by many conventions, declarations and procedures at the UN-level.

Basic Information about the UN-Human Rights Convention

External Links

  • The entirety of UN human rights conventions in english and french
    Site of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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