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The Universal Human Rights Index is a research tool that provides access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system. It compiles conclusions and recommendations addressed by UN independent experts to specific countries in view of improving the human rights situation.

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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

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The Index provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system: the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) brings together the children’s human rights articulated in other international instruments. This Convention articulates the rights more completely and provides a set of guiding principles that fundamentally shapes the way in which we view children.

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This fact sheet from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) discusses children’s rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the constructive monitoring of these rights, and how to make children’s rights a reality.

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This webpage explores the role of treaty bodies, NGOs and UNICEF in monitoring States’ compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

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