The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948 lists the fundamental human rights that are common to all people. These rights include the right to life, the prohibition against slavery, torture and arbitrary arrest, equality before the law, and the freedom of movement, peaceful assembly, and participation in government. Subsequent international human rights treaties and state practice have elaborated upon and expanded these rights.
The UN Human Rights Council is the primary human rights body within the UN system and is made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them. The website sets out all the documentation and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, including Regular Sessions, Special Sessions and Special Procedures and includes annual reports, countries, issues, human rights bodies, and more.
This guide lists the major print and online sources for researching human rights law. For broader resources see the International and Foreign Law guide and for resources related to refugee law see the International Refugee Law guide .
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