United Nations

There are millions of people all over the world, right now, who are looking to the United Nations for protection and redress against the violation of their rights and deprivation of their freedoms.

Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations is the principal institution for the establishment and protection of human rights.  Starting in 1945 the United Nations Charter set forth the “inherent dignity” and the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the fifty-six members of the United Nations. The UN Human Rights Council has responsibility for promoting and protecting human rights around the world, monitoring the implementation of the human rights framework, hearing appeals of treaty violations, and sponsoring the development of new human rights documents.


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