How can I find the documents related to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Last Updated: May 09, 2018
The drafting of the Declaration took place in various bodies, from 1946 to 1948. The declaration was adopted at the Palais Chaillot in Paris, where the third session of the General Assembly was held.
The UN Libraries have digitized the documents related to the drafting of the declaration. In addition to being available from the website developed for the project, all the documents are available through United Nations Digital Library, the online catalogue of UN documents and publications.
A scholarly overview of the procedural history, with related materials, is available in the Audiovisual Library of International Law.
In addition to being available in the official languages of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration has been translated into many other languages. Over 500 translations are available from the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The OHCHR Library has a searchable interface that allows refining of results by language, country, and geographic region, entity submitting the translation, and links to the Declaration translations page. To search by a country or a geographic region, select "geographic area" in the "any field" drop down menu in the Advanced Search.
The Declaration is also available in two sign languages - English (UK) and Spanish (Caribbean).
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