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Archive for October 14th, 2011

Research Human Rights Issues with the Universal Human Rights Index

The Universal Human Rights Index of United Nations Documents is a research tool provided by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Index provides access to concluding observations of the eight UN treaty bodies (like the Human Rights Committee, the Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Rights of the Child), country visit reports, decisions and recommendations, State party comments, and other important human rights documents. The basic search allows users to search by keyword, state or entity, and by body. So an example search might be trafficking, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which would lead you to concluding comments of the CEDAW committee for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The advanced search allows to you filter your search even further–for example limiting to region, clusters or rights (such as civil or political rights or the right of self-determination), or to persons affected (such as children, disappeared persons, girls, or persons with disabilities).

Using the Universal Human Rights Index beats searching individual UN treaty body websites any day.

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