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International Relations: Human Rights

Background Information


Country Reports

Many international organizations and some governments produce reports on the human rights conditions in various countries.


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. In addition, there are eight main U.N. human rights treaties covering specific aspects of human rights.

Additional Sources

Theoretically, there is a dialogue between the treaty body and the individual state parties to the U.N. treaties. These documents are an important part of human rights research and are available in many places. Below are some sources for locating these types of documents, plus additional sources for human rights treaties.

Women's Human Rights Resources

The following links are representative of the many online resources devoted to women's human rights.