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About the Human Rights Timeline

The Human Rights Timeline is your guide to the history of human rights development through official documents of the United Nations:

  • reports and resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights and Human Rights Council,
  • reports of the Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups,
  • treaties, conventions and declarations and
  • human rights conferences.

The guide complements the information that researchers can currently find on the OHCHR website

We welcome your comments and suggestions concerning this resource guide.  Please send any recommendations to library@ohchr.org


Document Search


  • Charter-based Bodies database - search by document symbol or UN charter-based human rights body with limits for session number, type of document, country, subject, and mandate
  • Treaty-based Bodies database - search by state/region, Committee, type of document, and limit your search by document symbol and date range. No keyword search
  • Universal Human Rights Index of United Nations Documents - search this database for documents on human rights in specific countries related to the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
  • Jurisprudence - access to jurisprudence emanating from the United Nations Treaty Bodies which receive and consider complaints from individuals

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