Human Rights Documents

Major human rights documents:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.  Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the UDHR drafting committee.  

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Signed (1966) and ratified (1994)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Signed (1980) but not ratified

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Signed (1995) but not ratified

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

Signed (1977) and ratified (1992)

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

Signed (1977) but not ratified

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

Signed (1998) and ratified (1994).

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW)

Not signed or ratified

Internatonal Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CPED)

Not signed or ratified

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Signed (2009) but not ratified