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Where Do Human Rights Come From?

On the origins of Human Rights

A short video on the history, content and ongoing significance of the UDHR is available below in English.

While the UDHR is not legally binding on States, meaning that it does not create specific obligations for States, it serves as the basis of numerous conventions and other legal instruments, including those established under the United Nations.

Video | 6:10

As of 2022, there are nine international human rights instruments, usually referred to as the ‘core’ international human rights instruments or treaties. These nine core instruments address a range of human rights, and specify the rights of specific groups such as women, children and persons with disabilities, among others. Each instrument has a committee of experts that monitor how State Partiers are implementing that specific instrument and its various provisions. State Parties are those States that have agreed to be bound by that instrument or treaty in question.

Further information on the core treaties, as well as other international mechanisms and processes and how they can be used to support youth rights advocacy is provided in Section C of the toolkit.

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