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Charter-based Bodies Documents Search

The current Charter-based bodies are the Human Rights Council and its subsidiaries, including the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, and the Advisory Committee. Previously, the Charter-based bodies were the Commission on Human Rights and its subsidiaries, including the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.


Treaty Body Documents Search

Focuses on treaty body documents, and offers search by convention, country, document type, document symbol, and date.



This database provides easy access to jurisprudence emanating from the United Nations Treaty Bodies which receive and consider complaints from individuals: the Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the Committee against Torture (CAT), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The jurisprudence database is intended to be a single source of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by all above committees in their work on individual cases. It enables the general public, governments, civil society organizations, United Nations partners and international regional mechanisms to research the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.
It may also provide guidance to persons preparing complaints to be submitted to Committees by providing access to the views and decisions taken by the Committees on specific human rights issues regarding different countries.
This database is based on a database designed and developed by the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University which has agreed to make its database available to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Universal Human Rights Index

The database provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system: the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This tool aims at raising awareness of the human rights recommendations coming from these mechanisms and assisting governments, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, and United Nations partners with their implementation. The Index allows the user to find out about human rights issues worldwide, and to see how the legal interpretation of international human rights law has evolved over the past ten years.

Constitutional Database (UN Women)

This website compiles all the different provisions related to gender contained in constitutions in countries around the world, available in the original language, along with English translations. The database can be searched by keywords, provisions, regions or countries.


UNODC Human Trafficking Case Law Database

The purpose of the UNODC Human Trafficking Case Law Database is to broaden the knowledge about human trafficking and to allow criminal justice practitioners to learn from experiences in other jurisdictions. As also prosecutions that led to an exoneration can be insightful, the Case Law Database includes these cases as well. The Case Law Database also includes non-criminal cases and decisions of international courts or treaty bodies concerning trafficking in persons. It includes cases in which all three constituent elements of the internationally agreed definition of trafficking in persons (Article 3, the United Nations Trafficking in Persons Protocol) are present, even though the case may have been prosecuted not as a trafficking offence under national legislation.


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