In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights brought human rights into the realm of international law. Since then, the United Nations has diligently protected human rights through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.
Read more in the 2014/2015, State of the World – Human Rights Report, Amnesty International.
International Human Rights Law
International human rights law lays down the obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.