Revisting the Origins of Human Rights

  Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights   Edited by Pamela Slotte and Miia Halme-Tuomisaari Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: September 2015 ISBN: 9781107107649 Link to publisher’s page     Did the history of human rights begin decades, centuries or even millennia ago? What constitutes this history? And what can we really learn from ‘the textbook narrative’ … More Revisting the Origins of Human Rights

UN archives

The archives of the UN offer a vast amount of information for anyone interested in the history of human rights. Many documents have been digitalized and  original  draft resolutions, comments and correspondence between countries  can be read in PDF format.

From ‘REAL’ Reality to ‘UN’ Reality (Part 2/5)

  In UN treaty body proceedings members of the bodies regularly mention – after they are done with elaborate rounds of welcomes, thank yous and appreciations toward the state presenting its periodic report – that whereas they have been happy to receive statistical information and specific figures in the report they ultimately wish to achieve … More From ‘REAL’ Reality to ‘UN’ Reality (Part 2/5)

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The ICESCR forms together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on civil and Political Rights,  the cornerstone of international human rights legislation. The International covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights covers the following areas: Principle of progressive realisation Rights to social security Right to family life Right to adequate … More International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The ICCPR forms together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights,  the cornerstone of international human rights legislation. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights covers amongst others the following areas:   right to life freedom of religion freedom of speech freedom of assembly … More International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Articles to Celebrate

To celebrate the 50 year path of human rights,  Oxford University Press offers some free journal articles on the subject. The collection shows the hot topics now after 50 years from ratifying the most important human rights conventions under public international law.