The Universal Declaration on Human Rights is 70


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the product of the  UN Commission on Human Rights, which was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in June 1946. After three main Sessions from January 1947 to June 1948, the Drafting Committee of the Commission produced its first draft for approval by the United Nations General Assembly in August 1948. The Commission was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt (United States) and other Members of the Committee included Professor René Cassin (France), Mr. Paal Berg (Norway), Mr. Fernand Dehousse (Belgium), Mr. Victor Paul Haya de la Torre (Peru) , Dr John C.H Wu (Republic of China) and K.C Neogi (India) among others.

At the Archives

At the UN Archives, human rights records are part of the sub-fonds of the Department of Social Affairs (1946-1955), Human Rights Division.

Section I - The American Law Institute - International Bill of Rights Project (S-0918-0001 to S-0918-0004)

Section II- The American Law Institute- Ad-hoc Committee on Forced Labour (S-0918-0005 to S-0918-0022 and S-0918-0070 to S-0918-0078)

Section III- Status of Women (S-0918-0023 to S-0918-0025)

Section V- Ad-hoc Committee on Prisoners of War (S-0918-0026 to S-0918-0069)