International Human Rights
International human rights law and international humanitarian law are complimentary and have some overlap. Both concern the protection of the life and dignity of individuals, and both concern obligations of states to respect certain fundamental rights. Human rights treaties may apply to situations of armed conflict, as well as international humanitarian law treaties.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) resources, including text, legislative history, and a research guide
UN Core Human Rights Treaties: With dates and monitoring bodies
OHCHR Status of Ratification Interactive Dashboard: Find status of ratifications of the international human rights treaties by country, with declarations listed.
UN Universal Human Rights Instruments: A longer list of treaties and documents, arranged by topic, including treaties on war crimes and crimes against humanity, and treaties on slavery and forced labour
Documents of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies include core documents, concluding observations, country visits reports, the Universal Periodic Review (peer review), states party reports, and jurisprudence (individual complaint resolution). Reports document human rights abuses and concerns, and the country's steps to implement the human rights treaties, including legislation, caselaw, and agency information.
UN Treaty Bodies Search: Find documents by state, committee, document type, and date.
OHCHR Jurisprudence database: Search individual complaints under the human rights treaties bodies by keyword.
Universal Human Rights Index: Country-specific information from the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, and Universal Periodic Review. Search for annotations by keywords, region or state, document type, treaty body, right, or affected persons.
Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs: Special mandate resolutions and reports by country and theme, including internally displaced persons, use of mercenaries, migrants, and counterterrorism.
UNHCR Refworld (UN Refugee Agency): Reports and policy documents from the UN, governmental organizations, NGOs, and academic institutions on human rights and humanitarian law topics. Refworld includes national caselaw and legislation related to refugees and asylum, and country profiles and reports. Search, or browse by country, author organization, or topic.
HuriSearch: Human rights search engine. Searches the websites of over 5000 human rights organizations for papers and articles from IGOs, NGOs,national human rights institutions, and academic institutions. Enter a simple search to reach a search page with more options, including searching by organization, collection, and format.
Human Rights Watch: Browse the topics list to find news and reports.