International Human Rights Law
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ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law: Human Rights
The authors evaluate, organize, guide, and explain the varied electronic sources on international human rights. The Guide is continuously updated and expanded.
Publisher: American Society of International Law.
Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
Database of authenticated primary materials, authoritative websites, and helpful research guides to a broad range of international law topics on the Internet. Users can connect directly to the web resource that interests them by clicking on its title, but will also find valuable added information through a "More Information" link, including legal citations, entry into force and signature dates, amendments and brief descriptions. Go to "About EISIL" for more information on the project.
Publisher: American Society for International Law.
Human and Constitutional Rights Resource Page
Links are organized into categories of Hot Topics, Country Reports, International Links, Regional Links, National Links, Documents, and Web Resources. There is also a Comparative Constitutional Rights Chart a collection of Bill of Rights Comparative Law Materials.
Publisher: Arthur W. Diamond Law Library at Columbia Law School.
Human Rights and Governance in Africa
Publisher: Columbia University Libraries.
Human Rights Library
Includes links to Human Rights Documents and Materials and Human Rights Search Engines.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Human Rights Center.
Human Rights Links
Publisher: Derechos Human Rights.
LAWLINKS: Human Rights Resources
Links to a wide variety of human rights resources, especially Human Rights Organizations, resources on minority rights, international criminal law and war crimes, Human Rights courts, international conventions, and online journals.
Publisher: University of Kent at Canterbury.
Project DIANA: Online Human Rights Archive
Part of Yale Law School's Avalon Project on Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy. Includes documents from Human Rights cases, United Nations documents, and documents on the Laws of War.
Publisher: Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School.
Women's Human Rights Resources
Includes Advocacy Guides, Women's Human Rights Resources Database, Special Features, and Research Guides.
Publisher: Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto.
U.S. Government Sites
Provides country reports on human rights from 1999 to present (each are released the following year) and an archives of reports compiled during the Clinton Administration (1993-1999). Includes fact sheet on human rights, links to outside organizations, and guiding principles of the State Department Offices of Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy, Multilateral Affairs, and Country Reports and Asylum Affairs, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).
Publisher: U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Treaties and Related Documents
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
International Human Rights Instruments
United Nations Human Rights Documents
International Human Rights Instruments is a list of treaties with links to the treaty text and to status of ratifications, reservations and declarations, when available. United Nations Human Rights Documents includes links to databases of United Nations Human Rights Documents issued by the six committees established to monitor the implementation of the principal international human rights treaties and those issued by the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
An ongoing effort to publish on the web the texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments. The project was initiated to improve public access to environmental agreements, but today also includes treaties in in the fields of human rights and other areas as well.
Publisher: Edwin Giin Library. Tufts University. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Reference Guide to the Geneva Conventions
Also includes links to other treaties and information on the laws of war.
Publisher: Society of Professional Journalists.
Courts and Other Human Rights Bodies
African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
Established by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, adopted in 1981 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the ACHPR is charged with ensuring the promotion and protection of human and peoples' rights and the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
European Commissioner for Human Rights
The Commissioner focuses his activity on promoting education in and awareness of human rights, encouraging establishment of national human rights structures where they do not exist and facilitating their activities where they do exist, identifying short-comings in the law and practice with regards to human rights, and promoting effective respect for and full enjoyment of human rights in all member States of the Council of Europe.
European Court of Human Rights
The HUDOC Database contains full text of all judgements of the Court, decisions and reports of the Commission, and resolutions of the Council of Ministers from 1959. Each document contains information on relevant national legislation, other case law, treaty article(s), etc. The site also has the European Convention on Human Rights, Rules of Court, and information on pending cases.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), its mandate is found in the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. Site includes treaties and other basic documents, reports, and cases.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Established by the American Convention of Human Rights, of the Organization of American States, to ensure, along with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, compliance with the Convention. Site includes Advisory Opinions, Decisions and Judgments, Provisional Measures, and links to International Courts and Related Institutions.
Project on International Courts and Tribunals
Research on and links to main international courts and tribunals, including links to basic documents creating the tribunal and decisions where available.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)
Includes links to Treaties, Documents, and Human Rights Bodies. There are also links organized by issue and news releases.
The descriptions below are taken from the organizations' websites.
Worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
A human rights advocacy group that partners with local activists to challenge oppressive ideologies and power structures, channel international pressure to secure human rights protections, and amplify new voices within the global discourse.
Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
Works in the U.S. and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity, and respect for the rule of law.
Human Rights Internet
HRI is dedicated to the empowerment of human rights activists and organizations, and to the education of governmental and intergovernmental agencies and officials and other actors in the public and private sphere, on human rights issues and the role of civil society.
Human Rights Watch
Largest human rights organization based in the United States. HRW researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world. HRW then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year.
INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights
Established to provide leadership in the development of legal protection for human rights and freedoms through the effective use of international and comparative human rights law. Site includes Commonwealth Human Rights Case Law Database, International Human Rights Law Database, electronically available amicus curiae legal briefs that INTERIGHTS has submitted to a range of international and national tribunals, and other publications.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The mission of the IGLHRC is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.
Resource Center of the Americas
Informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, democratic participation, economic justice and cross-cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas.
United Nations Human Rights Treaties
Bayefsky.com's stated purpose is to enhance the implementation of the human
rights legal standards of the United Nations. The information available at
this site includes treaty text, amendments, documents, and working methods
of the treaty bodies for the seven core UN human rights treaties. Of
special interest is How
To Complain to the UN Human Rights Treaty System, which includes a detailed
description of the complaint process and forms, and the UN
Human Rights Treaty Information Portal.
World Organisation Against Torture
Coalition of non-governmental organisations fighting against arbitrary detention, torture, summary and extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and other forms of violence. Its global network comprises nearly 300 local, national and regional organisations, which share the common goal of eradicating such practices and enabling the respect of human rights for all.
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