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Rights of the Child
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Ratified in November of 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child promotes and protects the rights of children worldwide. It is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.
Convention of the Rights of the Child [Spanish]
Ratified in November of 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child promotes and protects the rights of children worldwide. It is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. Spanish Translation
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure
The Third Optional Protocol establishes an international complaints procedure for violations of child rights.
UNICEF, 2015 Annual Results Report: Child Protection
This report emphasizes progress and achievement attained in each of UNICEF’s seven programme areas for child protection.
UNICEF, 2015 Annual Results Report: Humanitarian Action
This report and the accompanying Humanitarian Action Study summarize the scope of the humanitarian crises facing children in 2015, and the response put forward by UNICEF and partners.
UNICEF, Child protection strategy, 2008
The Child Protection Strategy defines the contribution of UNICEF to national and international efforts to fulfil children’s rights to protection and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, within the context of the UNICEF medium-term strategic plan (MTSP) for 2006-2009.
UNICEF, Child Protection Resource Pack - How to Plan, Monitor and Evaluate Child Protection Programmes, 2015
This resource pack is strengthens the evidence base of child protection through clear and practical guidance for improved planning and M&E practices and documentation of good practices and lessons learned, in line with the main approaches in UNICEF’s Child Protection Strategy (2008).
UNICEF, Core commitments for children in humanitarian action, 2010
The Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action are a global framework for humanitarian action for children undertaken by UNICEF and its partners.
Convention on the Rights of the Child [French]
Ratified in November of 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child promotes and protects the rights of children worldwide. It is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. French Translation.
International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
ICRC - What is IHL
Answers to FAQ regarding International Humanitarian Law.
ICRC - Basic Rules of the Geneva Conventions
A summary of the fundamental rules and protocols of international humanitarian law and intervention in armed conflicts. Visit - https://www.rulac.org/
First Geneva Convention
The First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded Armies in the Field declares the rights and protections which must be given to victims of armed conflicts including armed soldiers, medical and religious personnel, and civilians.
Second Geneva Convention
The Second Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick, and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea sets the guidelines for the protection, rights, and treatment of all involved parties at sea during armed conflict, including medical, religious, and aid workers.
Third Geneva Convention
The Third Geneva Convention defines and outlines the humanitarian protections given to prisoners of war.
Fourth Geneva Convention
The Fourth Geneva Convention defines the protections for civilians in times of war.
Additional Protocol I
Protocol I, a 1977 amendment to the Geneva Conventions, pertains to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts such as colonial domination, alien occupation, and racist regimes.
Additional Protocol II
Protocol II, a 1977 amendment to the Geneva Conventions, pertains to the protection of vicitms of non-international armed conflicts.
Additional Protocol III
Protocol III, a 2005 amendment to the Geneva Conventions, approved the Red Crystal emblem as a protective symbol of the Red Cross that may be displayed by medical and religious personnel during times of war to indicate their humanitarian service and neutrality.
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
The treaty which established the International Criminal Court's functions, jurisdiction, and structure.
1907 Hague Regulations
Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land.
International Committee of the Red Cross, IHL National Implementation Database
List of national legislation relevant to international humanitarian law, organized by State and topic.
International Disaster Response Law (IDRL)
Human Rights Law
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, sets a common standard for the fundamental human rights which must be universally protected.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights [French]
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, sets a common standard for the fundamental human rights which must be universally protected. French translation.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights [Spanish]
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, sets a common standard for the fundamental human rights which must be universally protected. Spanish translation.
Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1948, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide and requires all signatories to prevent and punish all acts of genocide.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 16 December 1996 as a part of the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights grants rights such as the right to religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the right to vote, and the right to a fair trial to all individuals.
ICCPR First Optional Protocol
Signatories of the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR agree to submit complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee regarding alleged violations of rights under the Covenant.
The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights
The ICESCR, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, aims to ensure the protection of economic, social and cultural rights.
Convention Against Torture
Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966, this multilateral treaty commits all signatories to work towards equal economic, social, and cultural rights to all individuals and to their non-self governing and trust territories.
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Adopted in 1979, the CEDAW is essentially an international bill of women's rights, and addresses women's issues such as discrimination, economic and social rights, political representation, and sex trafficking.
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Adopted in 1965, the ICERD commits all signatories to the elimination of racial discrimination, and requires the outlawing of hate speech and the criminalization of membership of racist organizations.
European Convention on Human Rights
The European Convention on Human Rights serves to protect fundamental human rights and freedoms across Europe.
BBP - Human Rights and Natural Disasters
Operational guidelines and field manual on human rights protection in situations of natural disaster to help people in the field to understand the human rights dimensions of their work in disaster response while giving them practical examples and operational steps about how some of these seemingly abstract concepts may be implemented.
OHCHR Status of Ratification Interactive Dashboard
Information on States’ ratification of the core UN human rights instruments, organized by State or by instrument
UN Treaty Collection, Human Rights Chapter
Up-to-date information on State ratification of UN human rights treaties, with text of reservations, understandings, and declarations (RUDs), as well as information on adoption and entry into force.
UN Treaty Series Online Collection, Popular Name Search
A quick reference for both regional and UN human rights treaties by their popular names.
OHCHR Charter Body Database
Resolutions emitted by the United Nations political organs, including the General Assembly, Security Council, and Human Rights Council.
Universal Human Rights Index
Searchable database of all UN human rights mechanisms’ country-specific findings and recommendations, including Universal Periodic Review outcomes, in addition to other documents.
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