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Human Rights

International Human Rights Day commemorates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the people that have dedicated their lives to defending human rights around the world.  For more information and a schedule of events, refer to the UN website.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 “as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance...”


Selected full-text documents (for more, search in the Digital Library)

General publications


Web Resources

Selected web-based information resources (for more, search the FMO website)

International Instruments

Annual Human Rights Surveys

Refugee rights


Relevant Organizations

Contact details for relevant organizations (for more, search in the Organizations Directory)

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Some 6,000 women and children from the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica assembled in Tuzla in 1996, one year after their fathers, husbands and sons had disappeared.
© UNHCR/H.J. Davies

Last updated Sep 06, 2011