International Human Rights Lexicon

International Human Rights Lexicon

Online Companion


Core Documents

African (Banjul) Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

American Convention on Human Rights

American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man

Arab Charter of Human Rights

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Documents


Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention)

Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War (Third Geneva Convention)

Protocol relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (First Protocol to the Geneva Conventions)


Declaration of Principles of the World Summit on the Information Society

UNESCO Declaration on Fundamental Principles Concerning the Contribution of the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding, to the Promotion of Human Rights and to countering Racialism, Apartheid and Incitement to War

UN Reports and Resolutions

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression (2003)

Judgments of International Courts

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Prosecutor v Radoslav Brdjanin Momir Talic

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Prosecutor v Nahimana, Barayagwiza and Ngeze

International Military Tribunal (Nuremburg)

Trial of Major War Criminals (Goering et al)

Regional Documents

Regional Treaties

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa

Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe

Regional Instruments

Council of Europe

Committee of Ministers Declaration on Freedom of Political Debate in the Media

Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Annual Report of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression

Special Report on the Compatibility Between 'Desacato' Laws and the American Convention on Human Rights

Judgements and Decisions by Regional Courts and Bodies

African Commission on Human and People's Rights

Constitutional Rights Project, Civil Liberties Organisation and Media Rights Agenda v Nigeria

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Advisory Opinion on Compulsory Membership in an Association Prescribed by Law for the Practice of Journalism

European Court of Human Rights

Goodwin v United Kingdom

Informationsverein Lentia v Austria

Ozgur Gundem v Turkey

Oberschlick v Austria

Sunday Times v United Kingdom

VGT Vern gegen tierfabriken v Switzerland

Other Documents

Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information