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International Human Rights Instruments



 


United Nations Documents and Instrument
s

U.N. CHARTER,
June 26, 1945, 59 Stat. 1031, T.S. 993, 3 Bevans 1153, entered into force Oct. 24, 1945.
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Declarations of acceptance of Charter obligations
Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,
G.A. res. 2625, Annex, 25 UN GAOR, Supp. (No. 28), U.N. Doc. A/5217 at 121 (1970).

The International Bill of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
G.A. res. 217A (III), U.N. Doc A/810 at 71 (1948).
Arabic || Chinese (1948) (1970's version UN link  pdf) || French || Russian || Spanish || Korean || Japanese || Farsi
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
G.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 49,
U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 993 U.N.T.S. 3, entered into force Jan. 3, 1976.
Arabic || Chinese (1966) (1970's version) || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Dari || Korean ||  Farsi
Ratification information
Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
G.A. res. 63/117 (2008).
Arabic  ||  Chinese
Ratification information
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
G.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 52,
U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 999 U.N.T.S. 171, entered into force Mar. 23, 1976.
Arabic || Chinese (1966) (1970's version) || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Dari || Korean || Farsi
Ratification information
Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
G.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 59, U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 999 U.N.T.S. 302, entered into force March 23, 1976.
Arabic || Chinese (1966) (1970's version) || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Korean
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Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty,
G.A. res. 44/128, annex, 44 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 207, U.N. Doc. A/44/49 (1989), entered into force July 11, 1991.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Korean ||  Farsi  ||
Ratification information
United Nations, Economic and Social Council, Siracusa Principles on the Limitation and Derogation Provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1985/4, Annex (1985).

Self-Determination

Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,
G.A. res. 1514 (XV), 15 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 66, U.N. Doc. A/4684 (1961).
Arabic || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish

Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources,
G.A. res. 1803 (XVII), 17 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No.17) at 15, U.N. Doc. A/5217 (1962).
Arabic || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish


Prevention of Discrimination on the Basis of Race, Religion or Belief; and Protection of Minorities


International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,
660 U.N.T.S. 195, entered into force Jan. 4, 1969.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Korean
Ratification information
Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice,
E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/2/Add.1, annex V (1982).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on Fundamental Principles concerning the Contribution to the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding, to the Promotion of Human Rights and to Countering Racialism, Apartheid and Incitement to War, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at its twentieth session,
Paris, 22 November 1978, UNESCO's Standard-Setting Instruments, IV.C. (1994).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief,
G.A. res. 36/55, 36 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 51) at 171, U.N. Doc. A/36/684 (1981).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious or Linguistic Minorities,
G.A. res. 47/135, annex, 47 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 210, U.N. Doc. A/47/49 (1993).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
U.N. Educ., Sci., & Cultural Org. [UNESCO], Declaration of Principles on
Tolerance
,
Gen. Conf. Res. 5.61, UNESCO Doc. 28 C/Res. 5.61 (Nov. 16, 1995).
International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid,
G.A. res. 3068 (XXVIII)), 28 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 30) at 75, U.N. Doc. A/9030 (1974), 1015 U.N.T.S. 243, entered into force July 18, 1976.
Korean
Ratification information
International Convention Against Apartheid in Sports,
G.A. Res. 40/64, U.N. GAOR, 40th Sess. Supp. No. 53, at 37, U.N. Doc. A/40/53 (1985), 1500 U.N.T.S. 161, entered into force April 3, 1988.
Ratification information
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Programme of Action, Agenda item 9, adopted on September 8, 2001 in Durban South Africa,
U.N. Doc. A/CONF.189/5 (2001).
Japanese || Russian || Spanish
Report of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance,
U.N. Doc. A/ CONF.189/12 (2001).
Russian || Spanish
Council of Europe, Commission against Racism and Intolerance, ECRI General Policy Recommendation No. 11, on Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination in Policing (June 29, 2007), COE Doc. CRI(2007)39.
The Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations, The Lund Recommendations on the Effective Participation of National Minorities in Public Life & Explanatory Note (1999).
Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations, Oslo Recommendations Regarding the Linguistic Rights of National Minorities & Explanatory Note (1998).
Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations, Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities & Explanatory Note (1996).
International Panel of Experts in International Human Rights Law and on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity [Yogyakarta Principles] (2006).
Español

Women's Human Rights

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,
G.A. res. 34/180, 34 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 46) at 193, U.N. Doc. A/34/46, entered into force Sept. 3, 1981.
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Ratification information
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,
G.A. res. 54/4, annex, 54 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 5, U.N. Doc. A/54/49 (Vol. I) (2000), entered into force Dec. 22, 2000.
Arabic || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Korean || Farsi
Ratification information
Convention on the Political Rights of Women,
193 U.N.T.S. 135, entered into force July 7, 1954.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Ratification information
Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa,
Adopted by the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union, Maputo, CAB/LEG/66.6 (Sept. 13, 2000); reprinted in 1 Afr. Hum. Rts. L.J. 40, entered into force Nov. 25, 2005.
French
Ratification information
Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict,
G.A. res. 3318 (XXIX), 29 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 31) at 146, U.N. Doc. A/9631 (1974).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, G.A. res. 48/104, 48 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 217, U.N. Doc. A/48/49 (1993).
French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish  ||  Farsi
Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action,
A/CONF.177/20 (1995) and A/CONF.177/20/Add.1 (1995).
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Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Declaration and
Platform for Action
,
G.A. Res. 23/10 (special session), U.N. Doc. A/RES/S-23/3 (Nov. 16, 2000).
Follow-up to the 4th World Conference on Women and Full Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Outcome of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly,
G.A. Res. 60/140, U.N. Doc. A/RES/60/140 (Feb. 7, 2006).
Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, G.A. res. 55/25, annex I, 55 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 44, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001).
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Protocol to Prevent, Supress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime,
G.A. res. 55/25, annex II, 55 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 60, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol.I) (2001).
Arabic || French || Russian || Spanish || Farsi
Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime,
G.A. res. 55/25, annex III, 55 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 65, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001).
Arabic || French || Russian
Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Civil Rights to Women, 1438 U.N.T.S. 51, entered into force March 17, 1949.
Spanish
Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Political Rights of Women, 1438 U.N.T.S. 63, entered into force March 17, 1949.
Spanish
Inter-American Convention on the Nationality of Women, O.A.S. Treaty Series No. 4, 38, entered into force Aug. 29, 1934.
Spanish
Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women,
33 I.L.M. 1534 (1994), entered into force March 5, 1995.
Ratification information
The Human Rights of Women: A Reference Guide to official United Nations Documents
French || Spanish
United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Trafficking,
E/2002/68/Add.1 (2002).
Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Guidelines on International Protection: Gender-Related Persecution within the Context of Article 1a(2) of the 1951 Convention and Its 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees,
U.N. Doc. HCR/GIP/02/01 (2002).
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Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, Apr. 7, 2011, C.E.T.S. No. 210.

United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders [Bangkok Rules], reproduced in E.S.C. Res. 2010/16, Annex, U.N. Doc. E/RES/2010/16 (July 22, 2010).


Slavery and Slavery-Like Practices

Slavery, Servitude, Forced Labour and Similar Institutions and Practices Convention of 1926 (Slavery Convention of 1926),
60 L.N.T.S. 253, entered into force March 9, 1927. 
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International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women of Full Age,
Oct. 11, 1933, 150 L.N.T.S., entered into force Aug. 24, 1934.
Protocol amending the Slavery Convention,
182 U.N.T.S. 51, entered into force December 7, 1953.
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Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery,
226 U.N.T.S. 3, entered into force April 30, 1957.
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
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Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, 96 U.N.T.S. 271, entered into force July 25, 1951.
Russian || Spanish
Ratification information
United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime,
G.A. res. 55/25, annex I, 55 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 44, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I), not in force.
Arabic || French || Spanish
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Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, G.A. Res. 25, annex II, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 60, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force Dec.25, 2003.
Arabic || French || Spanish ||  Farsi
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Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Crime,
G.A. Res. 55/25, annex III, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 65, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force Jan. 28, 2004.
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International Agreement for the Suppression of the "White Slave Traffic", 18 May 1904, 35 Stat. 1979, 1 L.N.T.S. 83, entered into force 18 July 1905.
Ratification information
International Convention for the Suppression of the "White Slave Traffic", May 4, 1910, 211 Consol. T.S. 45, 1912 GR. Brit. T.S. No. 20, as amended by Protocol Amending the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic, and Amending the International Convention for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic, May 4, 1949, 2 U.S.T. 1999, 30 U.N.T.S. 23, entered into force June 21, 1951.
Ratification information
Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the
Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor

(ILO No. 182), 2133 U.N.T.S.
161, entered into force Nov. 19, 2000.
UNICEF Guidelines for the Protection of the Rights of Children Victims
Trafficking in Southeastern Europe (2003)
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Inter-American Convention on International Traffic in Minors,
Mar. 18, 1994, OEA/Ser.K/XXI.5, CIDIP-V/doc.36/94 rev. 5, 79 O.A.S.T.S., 33 I.L.M. 721 (1994).
United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Trafficking,
E/2002/68/Add.1 (2002).
WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women (2003).

Trafficking and Human Rights

Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Crime,
G.A. Res. 55/25, annex III, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 65, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force Jan. 28, 2004.
Arabic || French || Spanish
Ratification information
Brussels Declaration on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
Recommendation No. R (2000) 11 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation
Council framework decision on combating trafficking in human beings
International Agreement for the Suppression of the "White Slave Traffic," 18 May 1904, 35 Stat. 1979, 1 L.N.T.S. 83, entered into force 18 July 1905.
Ratification information
International Convention for the Suppression of the "White Slave Traffic," May 4, 1910, 211 Consol. T.S. 45, 1912 GR. Brit. T.S. No. 20, as amended by Protocol Amending the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic, and Amending the International Convention for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic, May 4, 1949, 2 U.S.T. 1999, 30 U.N.T.S. 23, entered into force June 21, 1951.
Ratification information
Inter-American Convention on International Traffic in Minors,
Mar. 18, 1994, OEA/Ser.K/XXI.5, CIDIP-V/doc.36/94 rev. 5, 79 O.A.S.T.S., 33 I.L.M. 721 (1994).
OptionalProtocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography,
G.A. Res. 54/263, Annex II, 54 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 6, U.N. Doc. A/54/49, Vol. III (2000), entered into force January 18, 2002.
Arabic || Japanese || Russian || Spanish
Ratification information

U.S. Department of State, Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report (2001).

The Miami Declaration of Principles on Human Trafficking
(Feb. 10, 2005), 1 Intercultural Human Rights L. Rev. 11 (2006).

Rights of Prisoners and Detainees

Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners,
adopted Aug. 30, 1955, by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, U.N. Doc. A/CONF/611, annex I, E.S.C. res. 663C, 24 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 11, U.N. Doc. E/3048 (1957), amended E.S.C. res. 2076, 62 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 35, U.N. Doc. E/5988 (1977).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish || Farsi
Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners,
G.A. res. 45/111, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 200, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment,
G.A. res. 43/173, annex, 43 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 298, U.N. Doc. A/43/49 (1988).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Manfred Nowak, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention & the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Countering Terrorism, Human Rights Council, 13th Sess., U.N. Doc. A/HRC/13/42 (Feb. 19, 2010) (by Martin Scheinin, Shaheen Sardar Ali & Jeremy Sarkin)
Inter-American Comm’n on Human Rights, Principles and Best Practices on the Protection of Persons Deprived of their Liberty in the Americas (approved by the Commission during its 131st regular period of sessions, March 3-14, 2008).

Protection From Torture, Ill-Treatment, and Disappearance


Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
G.A. res. 39/46, annex, 39 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 51) at 197, U.N. Doc. A/39/51 (1984), entered into force June 26, 1987.
Arabic || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Chinese || Korean ||  Farsi
Ratification information
Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
G.A. res. 3452 (XXX), annex, 30 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 34) at 91, U.N. Doc. A/10034 (1975).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
G.A. res. A/RES/57/199, entered into force June 22, 2006 [reprinted in 42 I.L.M. 26 (2003)].
Ratification information
Draft Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, E/CN.4/2002/WG.11 /CRP. 1 (2002).
Principles of Medical Ethics relevant to the Role of Health Personnel, particularly Physicians, in the Protection of Prisoners and Detainees against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
G.A. res. 37/194, annex, 37 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 51) at 211, U.N. Doc. A/37/51 (1982).
Arabic || French || Russian || Spanish
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,
G.A. res. 61/177, U.N. Doc. A/RES/61/177 (2006), entered into force Dec. 23, 2010.
Arabic
Ratification information
Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances,
G.A. res. 47/133, 47 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 207, U.N. Doc. A/47/49 (1992).
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, Human Rights Council, Report to the General Assembly on the First Session of the Human Rights Council,
at 32, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/1/L.10 (2006).
Arabic
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,
E/CN.4/2005/WG.22/WP.1/Rev.4 (2005).
Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials,
G.A. res. 34/169, annex, 34 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 46) at 186, U.N. Doc. A/34/46 (1979).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
E.T.S. 126, entered into force Feb. 1, 1989.
French || Russian
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Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
(ETS No. 151).
French || Russian
Ratification information
Protocol No. 2 to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
(ETS No. 152).
French || Russian
Ratification information
Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture,
O.A.S. Treaty Series No. 67, entered into force Feb. 28, 1987, reprinted in Basic Documents Pertaining to Human Rights in the Inter-American System, OEA/Ser.L.V/II.82 doc. 6 rev.1 at 83, 25 I.L.M. 519 (1992).
French || Spanish
Informacion acerca de la ratificacion
Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons,
33 I.L.M.1429 (1994), entered into force March 28, 1996.
Spanish  || 
Arabic
Organisation of African Unity, Guidelines and Measures for the Prohibition and the Prevention of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Africa,
Robben Island Guidelines ( 2002).
Office of the High Comm’r for Human Rights, Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [Istanbul Protocol] (2004).
Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Manfred Nowak, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention & the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Countering Terrorism, Human Rights Council, 13th Sess., U.N. Doc. A/HRC/13/42 (Feb. 19, 2010) (by Martin Scheinin, Shaheen Sardar Ali & Jeremy Sarkin)
Arabic

Human Rights in the Administration of Justice

Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials,
G.A. res. 34/169, annex, 34 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 46) at 186, U.N. Doc. A/34/46 (1979).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials,
Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, 27 August to 7 September 1990, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.144/28/Rev.1 at 112 (1990).
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers,
Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, 27 August to 7 September 1990, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.144/28/Rev.1 at 118 (1990).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors,
Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, 27 August to 7 September 1990, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.144/28/Rev.1 at 189 (1990).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary,
Seventh United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Milan, 26 August to 6 September 1985, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.121/22/Rev.1 at 59 (1985).
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United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for Non-custodial Measures (The Tokyo Rules),
G.A. res. 45/110, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 197, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990).
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions,
E.S.C. res. 1989/65, annex, 1989 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 52, U.N. Doc. E/1989/89 (1989).
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United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, U.N. Doc. E/ST/CSDHA/.12 (1991).
Arabic Part I. Part II. Part III.
Safeguards Guaranteeing Protection of the Rights of Those Facing the Death Penalty,
E.S.C. res. 1984/50, annex, 1984 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 33, U.N. Doc. E/1984/84 (1984).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power,
G.A. res. 40/34, annex, 40 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 53) at 214, U.N. Doc. A/40/53 (1985).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime,
G.A. Res. 25, annex I, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 44, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force Sept. 29, 2003.
French || Spanish || Ratification information
Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime,
G.A. Res. 25, annex II, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 60, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force Sept. 9, 2003.
French || Spanish
Ratification information   
Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Crime,
G.A. res. 55/25, annex III, 55 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 65, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force Jan. 28, 2004.
French || Spanish
Ratification information   
Model Treaty on Extradition,
G.A. res. 45/116, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 212, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990).
Arabic
Model Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters,
G.A. res. 45/117, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 215, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990).
Arabic || Spanish
Basic Priciples on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters,
ECOSOC Res. 2000/14, U.N. Doc. E/2000/INF/2/Add.2 at 35 (2000).
Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law,
G.A. Res. 60/147, U.N. Doc. A/RES/60/147 (Dec. 16, 2005).
French || Spanish
Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law,
C.H.R. res. 2005/35, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2005/ L.10/Add.11 (19 April 2005).

United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders [Bangkok Rules], reproduced in E.S.C. Res. 2010/16, Annex, U.N. Doc. E/RES/2010/16 (July 22, 2010).

Prevention of Human Rights Violations Committed with Small Arms and Light Weapons, endorsed Sub-Com. Res. 2006/22,
U.N. Doc A/HRC/Sub.1/58/L.11/Add.1 at 3 (2006) (Small Arms Principles).
Draft Principles Governing the Administration of Justice Through Military Tribunals,
U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2006/58 at 4 (2006).
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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa, DOC/OS(XXX) 247, reprinted in 12 Int'l Hum. Rts. Rep. 1180 (2005).
African Youth Charter, July 2, 2006.
Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct of 2002, reproduced in Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Annex, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2003/65 (Jan. 10, 2003).
Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, Oct. 25, 2007, C.E.T.S. No. 201.
Council of Europe, Comm. of Ministers, Guidelines on Eradicating Impunity for Serious Human Rights Violations (Mar. 30, 2011).
Council of Europe, Comm. of Ministers, Recommendation on the Use of Remand in Custody, the Conditions in Which It Takes Place and the Provision of Safeguards against Abuse (Sept. 27, 2006), COE Doc. Rec(2006)13.
Council of Europe, Commission against Racism and Intolerance, ECRI General Policy Recommendation No. 11, on Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination in Policing (June 29, 2007), COE Doc. CRI(2007)39.
Council of Europe, Comm., Recommendation on European Prison Rules (Jan. 11, 2006), COE Doc. Rec(2006)2.
United Nations, Econ. & Soc. Council, Comm'n on Human Rights, Updated Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2005/102/Add.1 (Feb. 8, 2005).
Office of the High Comm’r for Human Rights, Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [Istanbul Protocol] (2004).
International Expert Group, The Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability (2013).

Juvenile Offenders

United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty,
G.A. res. 45/113, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 205, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990).
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United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (The Riyadh Guidelines),
G.A. res. 45/112, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 201, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990).
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (The Beijing Rules),
G.A. res. 40/33, annex, 40 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 53) at 207, U.N. Doc. A/40/53 (1985).
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish

Rights of the Child

Declaration of the Rights of the Child,
G.A. res. 1386 (XIV), 14 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 19, U.N. Doc. A/4354 (1959).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish
Convention on the Rights of the Child,
G.A. res. 44/25, annex, 44 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 167, U.N. Doc. A/44/49 (1989), entered into force Sept. 2, 1990.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Korean  ||  Farsi ||
Ratification information
Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child of 1924,
adopted Sept. 26, 1924, League of Nations O.J. Spec. Supp. 21, at 43 (1924).
Japanese
Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor (ILO No. 182),
2133 U.N.T.S. 161, entered into force Nov. 19, 2000.
Arabic || French || Russian || Spanish
Ratification information
Consideration of Reports Submitted by States Parties under Article 8 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict,
United States of America, U.N. Doc. CRC/C/OPAC/USA/CO/1 (2008).
Consideration of Reports Submitted by States under Article 12(1) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography,
United States of America, U.N. Doc. CRC/C/OPSC/USA/CO/1 (2008).
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflicts,
G.A. Res. 54/263, Annex I, 54 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 7, U.N. Doc. A/54/49, Vol. III (2000), entered into force February 12, 2002.
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Ratification information
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography,
G.A. Res. 54/263, Annex II, 54 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 6, U.N. Doc. A/54/49, Vol. III (2000), entered into force January 18, 2002.
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Ratification information
Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the
Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor

(ILO No. 182), 2133 U.N.T.S. 161, entered into force Nov. 19, 2000.
UNICEF, Cape Town Annotated Principles and Best Practices on the Prevention of Recruitment of Children into the Armed Forces and Demobilization and Social Reintegration of Child Soldiers in Africa
(April 1997).
Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, Oct. 25, 2007, C.E.T.S. No. 201.

World Conferences on Human Rights and Millennium Declaration

Proclamation of Teheran, Final Act of the International Conference on Human Rights,
Teheran, 22 April to 13 May 1968, U.N. Doc. A/CONF. 32/41 at 3 (1968).
Arabic || French || Russian || Spanish
United Nations Millennium Declaration,
G.A. Res. 55/2, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 4, U.N. Doc. A/55/49 (2000).
Arabic || Japanese
Vienna Declaration, World Conference on Human Rights ,
Vienna, 14 - 25 June 1993, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.157/24 (Part I) at 20 (1993).
Arabic || Japanese || Russian || Spanish
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance,
Programme of Action, Agenda item 9, adopted on September 8, 2001 in Durban South Africa, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.189/5 (2001).
Russian || Spanish

Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (ILO No. 87),
68 U.N.T.S. 17, entered into force July 4, 1950.
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention (ILO No. 98),
96 U.N.T.S. 257, entered into force July 18, 1951.
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Workers' Representatives Convention (ILO No. 135),
883 U.N.T.S. 111, entered into force June 30, 1973.
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Labour Relations (Public Service) Convention (ILO No. 151),
1218 U.N.T.S. 87, entered into force Feb. 25, 1981.
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Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,
G.A. res.53/144, annex, 53 U.N. GAOR Supp., U.N. Doc. U.N. Doc. A/RES/53/144 (1999). 
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Employment and Forced Labour

Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (ILO No. 29),
39 U.N.T.S. 55, entered into force May 1, 1932.
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Equal Remuneration Convention (ILO No. 100),
165 U.N.T.S. 303, entered into force May 23, 1953.
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention (ILO No. 105),
320 U.N.T.S. 291, entered into force Jan. 17, 1959.
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (ILO No. 111), 362 U.N.T.S. 31, entered into force June 15, 1960.
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Employment Policy Convention (ILO No. 122),
569 U.N.T.S. 65, entered into force July 9, 1965.
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Convention concerning the Promotion of Collective Bargaining (ILO No. 154),
1331 U.N.T.S. 267, entered into force Aug. 11, 1983.
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Convention concerning Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment (ILO No. 155),
1331 U.N.T.S. 279, entered into force Aug. 11, 1983.
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Convention concerning Employment Promotion and Protection against Unemployment (ILO No. 168),
71 ILO Official Bull. 80, entered into force Oct. 17, 1991. 
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Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor (ILO No. 182),
2133 U.N.T.S. 161, entered into force Nov. 19, 2000.
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Ratification information
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families,
G.A. res. 45/158, annex, 45 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49A) at 262, U.N. Doc. A/45/49 (1990), entered into force July 1, 2003.
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Ratification information
Migration for Employment (Revised) (ILO No. 97),
120 U.N.T.S. 70, entered into force January 22, 1952.
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Convention concerning Minimum Wage Fixing, with Special Reference to Developing Countries (ILO No. 131),
entered into force
April 29, 1972.
Ratification information
Recommendation concerning Minimum Wage Fixing, with Special Reference to Developing Countries
(R 135), June 22, 1970.
Convention concerning Basic Aims and Standards of Social Policy (ILO No. 117),
entered into force
April 23, 1964.
Ratification information
Convention concerning the Protection of Wages (ILO No. 95),
entered into force
September 24, 1952.
Ratification information
ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,
June 18, 1998, 37 I.L.M. 1233 (1998).

Marriage

Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages,
521 U.N.T.S. 231, entered into force Dec. 9, 1964.
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish || Farsi
Ratification information
Recommendation on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages,
G.A. res. 2018 (XX), 20 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 14) at 36, U.N. Doc. A/6014 (1965).
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish || Farsi

Education

Convention against Discrimination in Education,
429 U.N.T.S. 93, entered into force May 22, 1962.
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Ratification information
Protocol Instituting a Conciliation and Good Offices Commission to be responsible for Seeking a Settlement of any Disputes which may arise between States Parties to the Convention against Discrimination in Education,
651 U.N.T.S. 362, entered into force Oct. 24, 1968.
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Convention on Technical and Vocational Education,
entered into force August 29, 1991, reprinted in 37 Select Documents on International Affairs 11 (1989).
United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (draft September 2009).
Education for All: Meeting Our Collective Commitments,
Adopted by the World Education Forum, Dakar, Senegal, April 26-28, 2000.
World Declaration on Education for All,
World Conference on Education for All, Jomtien, Thailand, Mar. 5-9, 1990.
World Programme for Human Rights Education - Plan of Action for the First Phase (2005-2007)
Mar. 2, 2005.
French || Spanish
Global Recommendations For Primary And Secondary School Teacher Training For Human Rights Education,
June 2005.
Links to other sites with education resources 

Economic Rights, Privacy and Peace

Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition, adopted by the World Food Conference, Rome,
U.N. Doc. E/CONF. 65/20, at 1 (1974).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security, Report of the 30th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS),
Supplement, FAO Doc. CL 127/10-Sup.1, Annex 1 (2004).
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Guidelines for the Regulation of Computerized Personal Data Files,
G.A. res. 44/132, 44 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 211, U.N. Doc. A/44/49 (1989).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace,
G.A. res. 39/11, annex, 39 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 51) at 22, U.N. Doc. A/39/51 (1984).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
The Practice of Forced Evictions: Comprehensive Human Rights Guidelines On Development-Based Displacement, adopted by the Expert Seminar on the Practice of Forced Evictions, Geneva, 11-13 June 1997.
French || Russian || Spanish
Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons,
U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17 (2005) (Pinheiro principles) endorsed Sub-Com. res. 2005/21, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2006/2 at 39 (2006).
Chinese
Explanatory Notes on the Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons,
U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17/Add.1(2005), endorsed Sub-Com. res. 2005/21, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2006/2 at 39 (2006).
Maastricht Guidelines on Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
Maastricht, January 22-26, 1997.
Russian || Spanish
Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights 
UNESCO Gen. Conf. Res. 29 C/Res.16, reprinted in Records of the General Conference, UNESCO, 29th Sess., 29 C/Resolution 19, at 41 (1997) (adopted by the UN General Assembly, G.A. res. 152, U.N. GAOR, 53rd Sess., U.N. Doc. A/RES/53/152 (1999)).
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Caux Round Table Principles for Business
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The protection of human rights in the context of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS),
C.H.R. res. 1997/33, ESCOR Supp. (No. 3) at 115, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1997/33 (1997).
French || Russian || Spanish
OECD Development Assistance Committee Guidelines on Conflict, Peace and Development Co-operation (1995)
French || Spanish
Originating source
A Human Rights Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategies: Draft Guidelines,
10 September 2002.
Commentary on the Draft Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper,
23 July 2002.
Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development, International Conference on Water and the Environment: Development Issues for the 21st Century, Dublin, Ireland (1992).
Declaration by the European Council on the Environmental Imperative,
Bull. Eur. Comm., No. 6, at 17 (1990).
Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
U.N. Doc. FCCC/CP/1997/7/Add.1, Dec. 10, 1997, 37 I.L.M. 22 (1998), entered into force Feb. 16, 2005.
Chinese
Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters,
June 25, 1998, 38 I.L.M. 517 (1999), entered into force Oct. 30, 2001.
Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment,
U.N. Doc. A/Conf.48/14/Rev. 1 (1973); 11 I.L.M. 1416 (1972).
The Need to Ensure a Healthy Environment for the Well-Being of Individuals,
G.A. Res. 45/94, U.N. GAOR, 45th Sess., Supp. No. 49A, at 178, U.N. Doc. A/45/40 (1990).
Tilburg Guiding Principles
Open-Ended Working Group on an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Draft Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
U.N. Doc. A/HRC/8/WG.4/3 (Apr. 4, 2008).

Indigenous Rights

Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (ILO No. 169),
72 ILO Official Bull. 59, entered into force Sept. 5, 1991.
Arabic || French || Russian || Spanish || ratification information
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
G.A. Res. 61/295, U.N. Doc. A/RES/47/1 (2007).
French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish
Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Revised Chairman's summary and proposal) in Luis-Enrique Chavez, Report of the Working Group established in accordance with Commission on Human Rights,
Resolution 1995/32 of 3 March 1995, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2006/79, Annex 1, at 10-55 (2006).
Human Rights Council Res. 2006/2,
Working group of the Commission on Human Rights to elaborate a draft declaration in accordance with paragraph 5 of the General Assembly res. 49/214 of 23 December 1994 (2006).
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights Council, Report to the General Assembly on the First Session of the Human Rights Council,
at 58, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/1/L.10 (2006).
Proposed American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,Approved by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on February 26, 1997, at its 1333rd session, 95th Regular Session, OEA/Ser/L/V/.II.95 Doc.6 (1997).  
Spanish
Organization of American States, Permanent Council, Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, Working Group to Prepare the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Record of the Current Status of the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
O.A.S. Doc. OEA/Ser.K/XVI, GT/DADIN/doc.301/07 (2007).
Organization of American States, Permanent Council, Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, Working Group to Prepare the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Record of the Current Status of the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
O.A.S. Doc. OEA/Ser.K/XVI, GT/DADIN/doc.260/06 rev. 1 (2006).
Constitution of the Iroquois Nation 
Spanish

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 2007.
Spanish  ||  French  ||  Russian  ||  Arabic  ||  Chinese

Environment and Sustainable Development

Declaration on Social Progress and Development,
G.A. res. 2542 (XXIV), 24 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 30) at 49, U.N. Doc. A/7630 (1969).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind,
G.A. res. 3384 (XXX), 30 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 34) at 86, U.N. Doc. A/10034 (1975).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Right to Development,
G.A. res. 41/128, annex, 41 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 53) at 186, U.N. Doc. A/41/53 (1986).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Draft Principles On Human Rights And The Environment, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/9, Annex I (1994).
Declaration by the European Council on the Environmental
Imperative
,
Bull. Eur. Communication, No. 6, at 17 (1990).
Convention Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (ILO No. 169)

Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention)

The Convention on Biological Diversity
Declaration of the U.N. Conference on the Human Environment
(Stockholm Declaration), 1972.
The Earth Charter Initiative
U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

Persons with Disabilities
and Older Persons

Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons, G.A. res. 2856 (XXVI), 26 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 29) at 93, U.N. Doc. A/8429 (1971).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish
Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illnesses and the Improvement of Mental Health Care, G.A. res. 46/119, 46 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 189, U.N. Doc. A/46/49 (1991).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons, G.A. res. 3447 (XXX), 30 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 34) at 88, U.N. Doc. A/10034 (1975).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Ad Hoc Comm. on a Comprehensive and Integral Int'l Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, Draft Report, Annex II: Draft Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, U.N. Doc. A/AC.265/2006/L.6 (2006).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, G.A. Res. 61/106, Annex I, U.N. GAOR, 61st Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 65, U.N. Doc. A/61/49 (2006), entered into force May 3, 2008.
Spanish || French || Chinese
Ratification information
First Optional Protocol to the International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, G.A. Res. 61/106, Annex II, U.N. GAOR, 61st Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 80, U.N. Doc. A/61/49 (2006), entered into force May 3, 2008.
Ratification information
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, U.N. C.H.R. res. 1997/33, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1997/150 (1997). 
Russian || Spanish || Chinese
Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, A/RES/48/96, 85th Plenary Meeting 20 December 1993.  
A Declaration of Rights of Deaf-Blind Persons, in Conference of Hope: Proceedings of the First Historic Helen Keller World Conference on Services to Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults 91-92 (1977).
Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities, AG/RES. 1608, 7 June 1999.
Japanese
Ratification information
International Year of Disabled Persons, U.N. Doc. A/RES/36/77 (1081).
Japanese
Ad Hoc Comm. on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, Draft Report, Annex II: Draft Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, U.N. Doc. A/AC.265/2006/L.6 (2006).
United Nations Principles for Older Persons, G.A. res. 46/91, Annex, U.N. Doc. A/RES/46/91 (1991).

Political Rights, Freedom of Information, and Right to Culture


Convention on the International Right of Correction, 435 U.N.T.S. 191, entered into force Aug. 24, 1962.
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Ratification information
Declaration of the Principles of International Cultural Co-operation, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at its fourteenth session, Paris, 4 november 1966, UNESCO's Standard-Setting Instruments, IV.C. (1994).
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
The Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1996/39 (1996).
Spanish
Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at its eighteenth session, Paris, 19 November 1974, UNESCO's Standard-Setting Instruments, I.B. (1994).
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UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, Nov. 2, 2001, UNESCO Doc. 31C/Res 25, Annex 1 (2001).
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Fribourg Declaration on Cultural Rights (May 7, 2007).
The Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy

Refugees and Asylum

Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, 189 U.N.T.S. 150, entered into force April 22, 1954.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish || Korean || Farsi
Ratification information
Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, 606 U.N.T.S. 267, entered into force Oct. 4, 1967.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish  || Farsi
Ratification information
Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, G.A. res. 428 (V), annex, 5 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 20) at 46, U.N. Doc. A/1775 (1950).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Declaration on Territorial Asylum, G.A. res. 2312 (XXII), 22 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 81, U.N. Doc. A/6716 (1967).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1998/53/Add.2 (1998), noted in Comm. Hum. Rts. res. 1998/50.
Russian || Spanish || Chinese
Cartagena Declaration on Refugees, Nov. 22, 1984, Annual Report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, OAS Doc. OEA/Ser.L/V/II.66/doc.10, rev. 1, at 190-93 (1984-85), 17 April 1998.
Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, 1001 U.N.T.S. 45, entered into force June 20, 1974.
UNHCR, Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status under the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, U.N. Doc. HCR/IP/4/Eng/REV.1 (1992).
* Official document from UNHCR site
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Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Guidelines on International Protection: Gender-Related Persecution within the Context of Article 1a(2) of the 1951 Convention and Its 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, U.N. Doc. HCR/GIP/02/01 (2002).
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U.N. Commission on Human Rights Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment regarding the situation of immigrants and asylum seekers, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2000/4/Annex 2 (1999).
Chinese
International Case Law Relating to Refugees and Asylum Seekers:
Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal
Belgium: Permanent Refugee Appeals Commission
New Zealand: RefNZ Case Search
U.S.: Board of Immigration Appeals
U.S.: Selected Refugee Cases from Federal Circuit Courts (1994-97)  
Organization of American States Convention on Territorial Asylum,
Mar. 28, 1954, 1438 U.N. 129, OAS Treaty Series, No. 19.
Organization of American States Convention on Diplomatic Asylum, Mar. 28, 1954, 1438 U.N. 104, OAS Treaty Series, No. 18.
Links to other sites with information on refugees and aid agencies

Nationality, Statelessness, and Rights of Non-Citizens

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 596 U.N.T.S. 261, entered into force 19 March 1967.
Farsi
Ratification information
Convention on the Nationality of Married Women, 309 U.N.T.S. 65, entered into force Aug. 11, 1958. 
Russian || Spanish
Ratification information
Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, 989 U.N.T.S. 175, entered into force Dec. 13, 1975.
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish || Korean
Ratification information
Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, 360 U.N.T.S. 117, entered into force June 6, 1960.
Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish || Korean
Ratification information
Declaration on the Human Rights of Individuals Who are not Nationals of the Country in which They Live, G.A. res. 40/144, annex, 40 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 53) at 252, U.N. Doc. A/40/53 (1985).
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Migration for Employment (Revised) (ILO No. 97), xxx U.N.T.S. xxx, entered into force January 22, 1952.
Arabic || French || Spanish
Ratification information
United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Trafficking, E/2002/68/Add.1 (2002).
Chinese
Seoul Guidelines on the Cooperation of NHRIs for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Migrants in Asia, Seoul, Korea (10–12 November 2008).

War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, and Terrorism

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 2187 U.N.T.S. 90, entered into force July 1, 2002. 
Arabic || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Chinese
Coalition for the International Criminal Court

Ratification information
Control Council Law No. 10, Punishment of Persons Guilty of War Crimes, Crimes Against Peace and Against Humanity, 3 Official Gazette Control Council for Germany 50-55 (1946).
Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, G.A. Res. 2391, U.N. GAOR, 23d Sess., Supp. No. 18, at 40, U.N. Doc. A/7218 (1968), entered into force Nov. 11, 1970.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Russian || Spanish
Ratification information
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 78 U.N.T.S. 277, entered into force Jan. 12, 1951.
Arabic || Chinese || French || Japanese || Russian || Spanish || Korean  ||Farsi
Ratification information
Convention with Respect to the Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague, II) (29 July 1899), entered into force September 4, 1900.
Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV) (18 October, 1907), entered into force January 26, 1910.
Statute of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, U.N. Doc. S/25704 at 36, annex (1993) and S/25704/Add.1 (1993), adopted by Security Council on 25 May 1993, U.N. Doc. S/RES/827 (1993).
Statute of the International Tribunal, adopted by S.C. Res. 827, U.N. SCOR, 48th Sess., 3217th mtg. at 6, U.N. Doc. S/RES/827 (1993), 32 I.L.M. 1203 (1993).
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Statute of the International Tribunal for Rwanda, adopted by S.C. Res. 955, U.N. SCOR, 49th Sess., 3453d mtg. at 3, U.N. Doc. S/RES/955 (1994), 33 I.L.M. 1598, 1600 (1994).
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Rules of Procedure and Evidence, U.N. Doc. ITR/3/REV.1 (1995), entered into force 29 June 1995.
Nuremberg Rules, in Agreement for the Prosecution and Punishment of the Major War Criminals of the European Axis, 82 U.N.T.S. 279, entered into force Aug. 8, 1945.
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Principles of International Co-Operation in the Detection, Arrest, Extradition and Punishment of Persons Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, G.A. res. 3074 (XXVIII), 28 U.N. GAOR Supp. (30A) at 78, U.N. Doc. A/9030/Add.1 (1973).
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Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law, C.H.R. res. 2005/35, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2005/ L.10/Add.11 (19 April 2005).
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The Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction 28, Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (2001).
International Criminal Court, Elements of Crimes, U.N. Doc. PCNICC/2000/1/Add.2 (2000).
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International Criminal Court, Rules of Procedure and Evidence, U.N. Doc. PCNICC/2000/1/Add.1 (2000).
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International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, G.A. Res. 109, U.N. GAOR, 54th Sess., Supp. No. 49, U.N. Doc A/54/49 (Vol. I) (1999), S. Treaty Doc. No. 106-49 (2000), 39 I.L.M. 270 (2000), adopted 9 Dec. 1999, entered into force 10 Apr. 2002.
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Ratification information
European Committee of Ministers, Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism (2002).
Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Manfred Nowak, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention & the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Countering Terrorism, Human Rights Council, 13th Sess., U.N. Doc. A/HRC/13/42 (Feb. 19, 2010) (by Martin Scheinin, Shaheen Sardar Ali & Jeremy Sarkin)
OAS Convention to Prevent and Punish Acts of Terrorism Taking the Form of Crimes Against Persons and Related Extortion that are of International Significance, Feb. 2, 1971, 1438 U.N.T.S. 191.
International Expert Group, The Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability (2013).

Terrorism and Human Rights

International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages, G.A. Res. 146 (XXXIV), U.N. GAOR, 34th Sess., Supp. No. 46, at 245, U.N. Doc. A/34/46 (1979), entered into force June 3, 1983.
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Ratification information
International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombing, G.A. Res. 164, U.N. GAOR, 52nd Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 389, U.N. Doc. A/52/49 (1998), entered into force May 23, 2001.
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Ratification information
International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, G.A. Res. 109, U.N. GAOR, 54th Sess., Supp. No. 49, U.N. Doc A/54/49 (Vol. I) (1999), S. Treaty Doc. No. 106-49 (2000), 39 I.L.M. 270 (2000), adopted 9 Dec. 1999, entered into force 10 Apr. 2002.
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Ratification information
International Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft [Hijacking Convention], 860 U.N.T.S. 105, entered into force Oct. 14, 1971.
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Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, 1035 U.N.T.S. 167, 13 I.L.M. 41, entered into force Feb. 20, 1977.
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Ratification information
Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism, June 3, 2002, OAS Treaty
A-66, 42 I.L.M. 19 (2003).
Ratification information
Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, 974 U.N.T.S. 178, entered into force January 26, 1973.
European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism, (ETS No. 090), entered into force August 4, 1978.
Ratification information
Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1678 U.N.T.S. 221, 27 I.L.M. 668 (1988), entered into force March 1, 1992.
The Cleveland Principles of International Law on the Detention and Treatment of Persons in Connection with the "Global War on Terror".

U.N. Activities and Employees


Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1 U.N.T.S. 15, 13 February 1946.
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Ratification information
Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel, G.A. res. 49/59, 49 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 299, U.N. Doc. A/49/49, entered into force January 15, 1999.
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Observance by United Nations forces of international humanitarian law, U.N. Doc. ST/SGB/1999/13 (1999).
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National Human Rights Institutions

National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights, G.A. res. 48/134, 48 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 252, U.N. Doc. A/48/49 (1993) ("Paris Principles").
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National Human Rights Institutions and the Administration of Justice,
13-14 November 2003.

Arabic and Islamic Instruments


Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights,
adopted by the Islamic Council of Europe on 19 September 1981/21 Dhul Qaidah 1401.
Council of the League of Arab States, Arab Charter on Human Rights, September 15, 1994, reprinted in 18 Hum. Rts. L.J. 151 (1997).
League of Arab States, Arab Charter on Human Rights, May 22, 2004, reprinted in 12 Int'l Hum. Rts. Rep. 893 (2005), entered into force March 15, 2008.
Council of the League of Arab States, Arab Charter on Human Rights, May 23, 2004

 

 



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