Non-Derogable Rights
Specific Instruments
  General Instruments
  Selected Case Law
  Case Law Websites
  Human Rigths Actors
"Imprescriptible" rights; Rights which do not support limitations (derogations, restrictions)
Specific Instruments
General Instruments
The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam
Date of adoption: 5/8/1990 Entry into force: -
System of protection: Organization of the Islamic Conference
American Convention on Human Rights (Pact of San Jose, Costa Rica)
Date of adoption: 22/11/1969 Entry into force: 18/7/1978
System of protection: Organization of American States
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
Date of adoption: 16/12/1966 Entry into force: 23/3/1976
System of protection: Universal
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
Date of adoption: 10/12/1948 Entry into force: -
System of protection: Universal
Cour européenne des droits de l'homme, année 2001
Latest update: 07/05/2003 First published: 1/2/2002
Reference: J.T.D.E., 2002, pp. 43-49
Annual review of ECHR case law by Pierre Lambert
Examen de jurisprudence (1995-2000) Chapitre 2
Pierre-François DOCQUIR - Rusen ERGEC
Latest update: 28/10/2002 First published: 1/5/2002
Reference: R.C.J.B., 2002/1, pp. 85-229
The article reviews the whole of ECHR case law, from 1 January 1995 until 31 December 2000, highlighting the major threads and evolutions during this period.
Languages: English Swedish
Thousands of references (with abstracts) to monographs, articles, and seminar reports concerning human rights from 1966 on, updated daily. The data are stored in a free form and every word and phrase is searchable. Follows HURIDOCS standards.
Languages: Arabic Chinese English French Portuguese Russian Spanish
The official site of Human Rights Watch - an independent NGO. News releases - Current events - Publications - Info by country - Campaigns - Issues -Reports - Links... Search engine. A very informative site.
Languages: English French
This site, set up by the Human Rights Directorate General, presents and gives access to all the Council of Europe's activities and documents related to human rights. The quality of the links it offers is rather inconsistent.
Languages: English Greek
Research, study, defense, protection and promotion of the generally recognized fundamental human rights and freedoms - List of publications - Events - News on human rights - Reports -Jurisprudence - Legislation
Languages: English
The primary goal of this site is to compile news articles and commentaries that address issues of human rights from news sources throughout the world. People and organizations (human rights actors) - Discussions - links to web sites.
Selected Case Law
Case Law Websites
Council of Europe - Human Rights Web
Languages: English French
Search the case-law of the European Convention on Human Rights control bodies.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Languages: English Spanish
Search the case law of the Inter-American Court.
International Human Rights Law Database (The)
Languages: English
A resource for those seeking summaries and commentaries on international human rights case law, the database allows searches by text, 47 subjects, 81 states, 9 treaties, 9 decisionmaking bodies, and date. A powerful and quick database.
Repertorio de Jurisprudencia del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos
Languages: Spanish
Directory of the case law of the Inter-American Court 1980 - 1997.
Etude sur les droits de l'homme dans la prison
Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l'Homme (France) Date: 2004
Reference: -
Source: Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l'Homme (France)
Study on human rights in prison
The Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction
X Date: 2001
Reference: ISBN 0-9711859-0-5
Source: Princeton University
For the Record 2001: The United Nations Human Rights System
Human Rights Internet Date: 2001
Reference: Human Rights Internet, 2001
Source: Human Rights Internet
FTR is an electronic annual report that provides summaries of relevant human rights information generated within the UN system. An important reference tool for those active in national and international social justice movements, the report also aids in simplifying the human rights work of the UN for the uninitiated, members of national legislative assemblies, journalists, students, teachers and the general public. Produced with the support of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade since 1997, the report is organized thematically as well as by country and covers all relevant UN documentation over a full calendar year. These include: State reports prepared for the six human rights treaty bodies and the concluding observations of the experts who review those reports; documentation, resolutions and decisions by various UN system bodies.
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
HCDH / OHCHR Date: 7/1991
Reference: Fact Sheet No. 16 (Rev.1)
Source: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The human rights Fact Sheet Series is published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.
Jurisprudence de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l'Homme
Vincent BERGER
Reference: Paris, Dalloz, 2000
Languages: French
Analytical summaries of the most important decisions rendered by the European Court of Human Rights since its creation in 1959. This book does not contain commentaries on the of the soundness of the decisions or the Court's reasoning.
The Human Rights Committee
Reference: Oxford, Clarendon Paperbacks, 1994
Languages: English
The HRC's role in the development of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Introduction au droit public, t. II, Les droits et libertés
Reference: Diegem, Kluwer, 2003
Languages: French
Professor Ergec's book on rights and freedoms was enlarged for this 2nd edition. The book covers fundamental rights and freedoms at Belgian, European and International levels.
The International Law of Human Rights and States of Exception
Reference: The Hague - Boston - London, International Studies in Human Rights, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1998
Languages: English
Based on the analysis of the travaux préparatoires and the practice under the ICCPR, as well as the American and European Conventions on Human Rights, this book demonstrates the extensive protection of human rights in the most serious of emergencies.
Les droits de l'homme à l'épreuve des circonstances exceptionnelles - Etude sur l'article 15 de la CEDH
Reference: Bruxelles, Collection de droit international, Bruylant, 1987
Languages: French
This study deals with the article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights - Legal regime of the derogation provision - conditions - case-law, etc.
Code de droit international des droits de l'homme
Reference: Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2003
Languages: French
2nd edition (updated to May 1st, 2003) of this collection of the main international instruments (as well universal as regional) regarding the protection of fundamental human rights.
Droits intangibles et états d'exception - Non-Derogable Rights and States of Emergency.
Daniel Prémont Ed. - N/A
Reference: Bruxelles, Bruylant, 1996
Languages: English French
This bilingual, multi-authored collection analyses the role of non-derogable rights in context. It is divided into four parts: general themes, international instruments that provide for derogation, those that do not, and collective rights.
Avancées et confins actuels des droits de l'homme aux niveaux international, européen et national
Mélanges offerts à Silvio Marcus Helmons Ed.
Reference: Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2003
Languages: French
Impressive collection of articles in the field of international and european human rights, as a tribute to the founder of the Center for Human Rights of the faculty of law of the Université Catholique de Louvain.
The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights: International Protection versus National Restrictions
Mireille Delmas-Marty Ed.
Reference: Dordrecht, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1991
Languages: English
This book demonstrates first that the "system" of the Convention is more ambiguous than could have been expected and it shows that a certain resistance exists to the Convention in most of the Member States of the Council of Europe (case-studies).
Recueil juridique des droits de l'homme en Afrique (1996-2000)
Paul Tavernier Ed. - Paul TAVERNIER
Reference: Bruxelles, CREDHO & human rights law in Africa Series, Bruylant, 2002
Languages: English French
I. United Nations and human rights in Africa : a report -- II. Regional protection : Organization of African Unity (a report), European Union, Francophonie -- III. National protection (per country) -- Treaties, rafications and a large bibliography
Actualité et Droit International
Languages: French
E-journal of international news legal analysis. Articles (archive from 1998, quick search), chronicles and cases, discussions, international news, announcements. Useful links.
Human Rights Brief - Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Reference: Washington, Washington College of Law
Languages: English
The Human Rights Brief reports about developments in international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as provides concise legal analysis of current human rights issues. Search by Volume / Issue / Title / Author. Archive since Spring 1994.
Human Rights Tribune
Reference: Ottawa, Human Rights Internet
Languages: English
A tri-yearly publication of HRI (Human Rights Internet). Addresses all areas of human rights from a non-governmental perspective world-wide. Articles about important events - NGO reports - Analysis of the work of human rights organizations.
The International Journal of Human Rights
Reference: London, Frank Cass Publishers
Languages: English
Quarterly journal covering an exceptionally broad spectrum of human rights issues: human rights and the law, race, religion, gender, children, class, refugees and immigration, genocide, torture, capital punishment, the laws of war and war crimes, ...
Human Rights Actors
Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) Type:NGO (Non-Governmental Organization)
NGO that works to end the impunity of human rights violators in the United States and elsewhere by providing the survivors of torture and other grave human rights violations with legal representation.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Type:NGO (Non-Governmental Organization)
Major international NGO that investigates human rights violations worldwide.