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The UN and Human Rights

The UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) in December 1948 as  resolution 217 (III)


The UNDHR,  the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols (on the death penalty and complaints procedures), along with International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and its Optional Protocols form what is commonly known as the International Bill of Rights.

In total, there are 9 Core International Human Rights Instruments and monitoring bodies.  The US is a signatory to only a handful.  The most prominent convention the US has NOT ratified is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Clinton Administration signed the convention, but the Senate never ratified it.

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