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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Declaration proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Core International Treaties

The Core International Human Rights Treaties. United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. New York, 2014.

UN Member States: On the Record

U.N. Member States: On the Record
Selected official documents reflecting the views of UN member countries, including statements made before the principal UN bodies; draft resolutions sponsored; and reports submitted on Human Rights conventions.

Human Rights Links

Online Resources on Human Rights
Hari Srinivas. Directories, websites, and organizations. From the NGO Cafe.

CountryWatch Reports

Business Source Premier includes extensive reports on countries produced by CountryWatch Inc. In addition to historical, political and economic information, includes indices relating to political risk, stability, freedom, human rights, human development, life satisfaction, and gender gap.
To find reports enter the name of the country in the first search box and select "Subject" from the pull-down menu. In the next search box, enter "country review"

Human Rights Reports

Amnesty International Reports: Countries
Annual report on the state of human rights in regions and 159 countries from the London-based NGO.
Human Rights Reports
"The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements." From the U.S. Department of State.
Human Rights by Country
From the United Nations Office of the HIgh Commissioner for Human Rights. In addition to the Periodic Reports, includes reports of country and observer visits.
Universal Periodic Reviews
Under the auspices of the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
Trafficking in Persons Reports
"Places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA."
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
"The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere." IACHR publishes periodic reports on human rights in OAS Member Countries, as well as Thematic Reports.