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Human Rights


One of the great achievements of the United Nations is the creation of a comprehensive body of human rights law, a universal and internationally protected code to which all nations can subscribe and all people aspire. The foundations of this body of law are the Charter of the United Nations and the International Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly in 1945 and 1948 respectively.

Since then, the United Nations has gradually expanded human rights law to encompass specific standards for women, children, persons with disabilities, minorities and other vulnerable groups who now possess rights that protect them from discrimination.

The UN also monitors compliance with human rights treaties, creates education and awareness campaigns on human rights issues, as well as carrying out training programmes with technical advice for numerous national judicial and penal systems throughout the world. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights works to strengthen and coordinate UN efforts for protection and promotion of human rights, and the Human Rights Council is the main UN intergovernmental body responsible for this issue. Read more about human rights and the United Nations here.

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This page is intended to collect materials for the “Human Rights” hub Sorbonne University.  It includes introduction, news and multimedia materials about the activities in which the hub participates.