Human Rights: Websites and Portals

Selected Human Rights Resources

EISIL: International Human Rights Law

EISIL has been developed, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association that has been a leader in the analysis, dissemination and development of international law since 1906.

University of Minnesota: Human Rights Library

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library houses one of the largest collections of more than sixty thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The site also provides access to more than four thousands links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. Documents are available in nine languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.


The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes and other organisations.


ESCR-Net Members —over 280 social movements, NGOs and advocates across 75 countries— “seek to build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all.


Documentation portal for the UNHCR. was designed for the purpose of enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. Accessibility to UN human rights norms by individuals everywhere is fundamental to their successful realization. The information provided herein encompasses a range of data concerning the application of the UN human rights treaty system by its monitoring treaty bodies since their inauguration in the 1970's.

Human Rights Atlas

The Human Rights Atlas, first launched in 2011, is the most comprehensive tool of its kind, offering students, researchers and practitioners an easy-to-use picture of how human rights are evolving around the world year-by-year

Amnesty International

Major human rights organisation.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (U.S. Dept. of State)

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are submitted annually by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress under the Foreign Assistance Act 1961. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 1999 onwards.

Children and Armed Conflict Unit: Country Profiles (University of Essex)

Provides country specific information on conflict areas, both past and present, and on countries with related issues affecting children. The country-specific information includes background on the conflict, the most recent conflict developments, NGO and IGO links, field activity and comment, reports and analysis from organisations and journalists. In addition, it contains relevant international and national agreements and legislation.

Derechos: Around the World

Derechos Human Rights is an international organization working for the respect and promotion of human rights all over the world. This section of the site contains links to websites, NGO's and reports from around the world.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations and the website is an excellent resource for finding reports on individual countries.

ICRC: International Implementation Database

Covers the implementation of International Humanitarian Law at national level.

Guide to Law Online

An alphabetical list of legal links for countries provided by the US Library of Congress.


Database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO's International Labour Standards Department. NATLEX contains over 65,000 records covering over 190 countries and over 160 territories and subdivisions, and all efforts are made to keep the database up-to-date.

OneWorld Network

Governed by the OneWorld International Foundation, OneWorld is a global participatory media network. This section on the OneWorld UK site contains links to the OneWorld network around the world. See also:OneWorldUK Guides: Country Guides

Treaty Bodies Database

Database which allows you to find UN documents and reports on particular countries. See also the Treaty Bodies Database older version which allows you to check the reporting status of a particular country and treaty, i.e. submitted by country or treaty, overdue by country or treaty, due by country or treaty.

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.


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