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The Foundation of International Human Rights Law

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the foundation of international human rights law. In 1948, the UDHR was adopted and included a rich body of legally binding human rights treaties. The UDHR continues to inspire us in addressing injustices, conflicts, and efforts toward achieving universal human rights.

Furthermore, the UDHR represents the universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings. Regardless of nationality, residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, and religion, the international community made a commitment to uphold dignity and justice for mankind.

Foundation for Our Common Future

Over the years, international law and treaties have guaranteed human rights. Indeed, the UDHR has inspired more than 80 international human rights treaties, declarations, conventions, and bills, constituting a binding legal system for promoting and protecting human rights.

In 1976, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights were established. Building on the achievements of the UDHR, the Covenants set forth the right to life, equality before the law, freedom of expression, right to work, social security, and education. Along with the UDHR, the Covenants comprise the International Bill of Human Rights.

The body of international human rights law continues to grow, evolve, and promote the Bill of Human Rights. Issues such as racial discrimination, torture, abductions, and human rights are addressed

Universal Values

The core human rights principles such as universality, interdependence and indivisibility, equality, and non-discrimination, have been reiterated in numerous conventions, declarations, and resolutions. Presently, all UN member states have ratified at least one of the nine core international human rights treaties, giving concrete expression to the universality of human rights.

Taken from – The Foundation of International Human Rights Law


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