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International Human Rights Law

United Nations Official Sources

United Nations Human Rights Bodies each produce documentation. The links below with direct you to the appropriate online resources for both Charter bodies and Treaty bodies.

Charter Based Bodies

Charter-based bodies:

  • derive their establishment from provisions contained in the Charter of the United Nations,
  • hold broad human rights mandates,
  • address an unlimited audience, and
  • take action based on majority voting.

Treaty Based Bodies

Treaty-based bodies:

  • derive their existence from provisions contained in a specific legal instrument,
  • hold more narrow mandates (i.e., the set of issues codified in the legal instrument),
  • address a limited audience (i.e., only those countries that have ratified the legal instrument), and
  • base their decision-making on consensus.


World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (Durban II) August 31 - September 7, 2001

10th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (Durban III)