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The core international human rights treaties

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This publication reproduces the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the nine core international human rights treaties and their optional protocols in a user-friendly format to make them more accessible, in particular to government officials, civil society, human rights defenders, legal practitioners, scholars, individual citizens and others with an interest in human rights norms and standards.

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Introduction

Since 1945 the international community has progressively developed and defined international human rights law. The founding documents in this regard are the Charter of the United Nations (1945) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Today, the key definitions of human rights are comprised in the Declaration, in nine core international human rights treaties and in nine optional protocols. United Nations human rights work is largely undertaken within this normative framework. The treaties are central to the work and activities of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at national, regional and international levels.

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