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Prof. Ruth Wedgwood

Ms. Ruth Wedgwood
Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy Director of the International Law and Organizations Program
Johns Hopkins University

Human Rights
Civil and Political Rights
The Work of the United Nations Human Rights Committee: Enforcing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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Human Rights Bodies - Introduction
Human Rights Bodies: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council and Regional Human Rights Bodies

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Human Rights
Civil and Political Rights
The Work of the United Nations Human Rights Committee:
Enforcing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Legal Instruments
Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, as amended by Protocols No. 11 and No. 14.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

American Convention on Human Rights, San José, 22 November 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1144, p. 144.


Human Rights Bodies - Introduction
Human Rights Bodies: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council and Regional Human Rights Bodies
A. Legal Instruments
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, as amended by Protocols No. 11 and No. 14.

Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189, p. 137.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa (“OAU Convention”), 10 September 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1001, p. 45.

American Convention on Human Rights, San José, 22 November 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1144, p. 144.

African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, Nairobi, 27 June 1981, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1520, p. 217.
B. Documents
General Assembly resolution 48/141 of 20 December 1993 (High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights).

General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 (Human Rights Council).

For more information on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, see the official website.

For more information on the United Nations Human Rights Council, see the official website.