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Human Rights: Begin Here

Research information and library resources on many aspects of human rights; Librarian David Vassar, Editor.

A word of Thanks


“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel




Fordham Libraries is grateful to Associate Professors Tina Maschi (PhD, LCSW, ACSW) and Cynthia Cannon Poindexter (PhD, MSW) in the Graduate School of Social Service for their assistance with creating this Guide.



Human Rights Research Guide

Welcome to the Human Rights Research Guide


  • Here you'll find Library resources and other selected sources of interest for your research in the field of human rights.
  • NOTE: Please contact Library liaison David Vassar for any needed research assistance and to offer any suggestions you may have for this Guide. Your inputs are valued and appreciated!

United Nations

UN Home Page and Charter



India's experience in localizing the SDGs - UN India

Image from:  Findias Experience


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Unabridged)

Beginning with a Preamble, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights consists of 30 Articles.

Poster of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (abbreviated)

Article 1       Right to Equality

Article 2       Freedom from Discrimination

Article 3       Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security

Article 4       Freedom from Slavery

Article 5       Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment

Article 6       Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law

Article 7       Right to Equality before the Law

Article 8       Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal

Article 9       Freedom from Arbitarary Arrest and Exile

Article 10     Right to Fair Public Hearing

Article 11     Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty

Article 12     Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence

Article 13     Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country

Article 14     Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution

Article 15     Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It

Article 16     Right to Marriage and Family

Article 17     Right to Own Property

Article 18     Freedom of Belief and Religion

Article 19     Freedom of Opinion and Information

Article 20     Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Article 21     Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections

Article 22     Right to Social Security

Article 23     Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions

Article 24     Right to Rest and Leisure

Article 25     Right to Adequate Living Standard

Article 26     Right to Education

Article 27     Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community

Article 28     Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document

Article 29     Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development

Article 30      Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights   


From the University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center     


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