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Human Rights Information from Government Sources

Guide to Government Publications Series

CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION

This guide provides an introduction to basic information sources located in the Jonsson Library of Government Documents relating to study of human rights issues worldwide.


INDEXES

1. AccessUN. New Canaan, CT: Newsbank, 1966- .
Electronic index to UN masthead documents, official records and selected sales publications including journal articles published since 1966. Permits searching across multi-year time span on various subjects. Includes full text resolutions, selected meeting records, and links to UN documents on the web. Allows searching by various document numbers and for speeches by representatives of various countries. Serves also as guide to the corresponding microfiche collection shelved as Microfiche 959. The URL for the AccessUN database is: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/su_proxy_access_un.
2. Human Rights on CD-ROM New York: UN, 1995.
Green Reference/International & Foreign Gov't Indexes Workstation
Full text of 95 international human rights instruments and bibliographic records for UN documents in the human rights area from 1980-1990
3. UN Information Quest: UN-I-QUE.
Index to speeches, statements in debates, resolutions, recurring reports and official records of the United Nations maintained by the staff at the Dag Hammarskjold Library. Includes references to the reports of all human rights special rapporteurs. The URL for UN-I-QUE is: http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/unique/index.html.
4. UNBIS Plus on CD-ROM. Alexandria, Va. : Chadwick Healey, Inc. 1979- . quarterly.
Green Reference/International & Foreign Gov't Indexes Workstation
Comprehensive official index to United Nations documents and publications. Includes full text of UN resolutions, voting records, and agendas. Also includes index to non-UN books and journal articles on various topics in international relations. Covers 1979 to present.


ENCYCLOPEDIAS, YEARBOOKS

5. Global Agenda: Issues before the...General Assembly of the United Nations. Lanham, Md: UNA-USA, 1974-. Annual.
JX4977 A1I79 Green Reference/Gov Docs Reference
6. Encyclopedia of Human Rights. New York: Taylor & Francis in cooperation with UNCHR, 1991.
JC571 E67 1991 General Reference
7.Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. Edmund Jan Osmanczyk. 2nd ed. New York: Taylor and Francis, 1990.
JX1977 O8213 1990 Green Reference/Gov Docs Reference
Useful encyclopedia of International Governmental Organization related information, including definitions of key terms, biographies, and the descriptions and selected texts of major international treaties, conventions, and agreements.
8. United Nations Yearbook. New York: UN, 1946- . Annual.
JX1977 A37 U65 Green Reference/Gov Docs Reference


COMPILATIONS

9.Human Rights: A Compilation of International Instruments. Geneva: UN. Irregular .
ST/HR/1/rev.5 (latest ed in Green Reference/Gov Docs International)
10.The United Nations and Human Rights, 1945-1995. New York: UN Department of Public Information. 1996. United Nations Blue Books Series, volume VII.
Green Library, Intl-Docs DPI/1676
Over 100 human-rights related UN documents, including the UN Charter, Statute of the International Court of Justice, conventions, covenants, protocols, declarations, resolutions, and much more.


UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT

11.Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Annual. 1962-
Call number varies Government Documents
Annual State Department review of human rights practices in foreign countries. The latest editions (1993- ) are available on the internet at the Department of State Internet Site.


UNITED NATIONS

12.United Nations Action in the Field of Human Rights. 1994.
ST/HR/2/Rev.4 Green Library/Gov Docs UN Reference
Comprehensive guide to UN and specialized UN agencies engaged in the monitoring of human rights practices. Includes detailed review of existing human rights standards and instruments. Also includes a detailed subject index.

13. United Nations Reference Guide in the Field of Human Rights. 1993.
ST/HR/6 Green Library/Gov Docs UN Reference
Guide to key UN documentary sources related to human rights.


UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

14. Report of the Special Rapporteur/Special Representative/Independent... Geneva: UN Commission on Human Rights. Irregular. 1982-
Microfiche 959 Jonsson Library
Reports of persons authorized by the UN Commission on Human Rights or the Secretary General to visit specific countries in which "gross violations" of the standards set forth in various United Nations human rights instruments have been alleged, or to report on the state of compliance in general with regard to particular topical/thematic areas (e.g.: violence against women; extradjudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; right to freedom of expression and opinion). Recent reports have included Cuba (Document No.E/CN.4/1992), East Timor (Document No.E/CN.4/1994/61), Iran (E/CN.4/1993/41), Iraq (E/CN.4/1993/45), and Yugoslavia (E/CN.4/1995/26/Add.1). Annexes to reports frequently reproduce official government documents related to human rights issues, and statistics on human rights abuses from governmental and nongovernmental sources.

15. Report of the Commission on Human Rights. Geneva: UN Commission on Human Rights. Annual. 1982-
Government Documents. United Nations Economic and Social Council Official Records (ESCOR). Supplement no.varies

There are several ways to access OHCHR documents. The OHCHR annual report is available from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights web site from 2000 - present; search UNBISNet for the UN Symbol E/CN.4/, or browse the Stanford International documents collection (1st floor Jonsson Library) under call# E/CN.4/.

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS

  • Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)
16. Initial/Supplementary Reports of States Parties Geneva: UN Committee Against Torture. Irregular. 1988-
Government Documents Microfiche 959
Regular reports required by adherents to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment describing measures taken in the reporting country to ensure adherence to the terms of the Convention. Issued as a part of the United Nations mimeographed/masthead document CAT/C series
17. Report of the Committee Against Torture Geneva: UN Committee Against Torture. Annual. 1988-
Government Documents. UN General Assembly Official Records (GAOR). Supplement no.44.

Many CAT state party reports, resolutions and other documents are available on the internet at the site sponsored by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The URL for these documents is http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf.


  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
18. Initial/Periodic Reports of States Parties Geneva: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Irregular. 1982-
Government Documents Microfiche 959
Regular reports required by adherents to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women describing measures taken in the reporting country to ensure adherence to the terms of the Convention. Issued as a part of the United Nations mimeographed/masthead document CEDAW/C series.
19. Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Geneva: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Annual. 1982-
Government Documents. UN General Assembly Official Records (GAOR). Supplement no.38.

Many of the CEDAW annual reports, state party reports, resolutions and other documents are available on the internet at the site sponsored by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The URL for these documents is http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf.


20. Initial/Periodic Reports of States Parties Geneva: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Irregular. 1992-
Government Documents Microfiche 959
Regular reports required by adherents to the Convention on the Rights of the Child describing measures taken in the reporting country to ensure adherence to the terms of the Convention. Issued as a part of the United Nations mimeographed/masthead document CRC/C series
21. Report of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Geneva: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Annual. 1992-
Government Documents. UN General Assembly Official Records (GAOR). Supplement no.41.

Many CRC state party reports, resolutions and other documents are available on the internet at the site sponsored by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The URL for these documents is http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf.


22. Initial/Periodic Reports of States Parties Geneva: UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Irregular. 1970-
Government Documents Microfiche 959
Regular reports required by adherents to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination describing measures taken in the reporting country to ensure adherence to the terms of the Convention. Issued as a part of the United Nations mimeographed/masthead document CERC/C series
23. Report of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Geneva: UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Annual. 1970-
Government Documents. UN General Assembly Official Records (GAOR). Supplement no.18.

Many CERD state party reports, resolutions and other documents are available on the internet at the site sponsored by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The URL for these documents is http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf.


24. Initial/Periodic Reports of States Parties Geneva: UN Human Rights Committee. Irregular. 1976-
Government Documents Microfiche 959
Regular reports required by adherents to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights describing measures taken in the reporting country to ensure adherence to the terms of the Covenant. Issued as a part of the United Nations mimeographed/masthead document CCPR/C series and as an addendum to the Official Records of the Human Rights Committee
25. Report of the Human Rights Committee Geneva: UN Human Rights Committee. Annual. 1976-
Government Documents. UN General Assembly Official Records (GAOR). Supplement no.40.
26. Official Records of the Human Rights Committee Geneva: UN Human Rights Committee. 1985-
Government Documents UN Collection CCPR/

Many CCPR state party reports, resolutions and other documents are available on the internet at the site sponsored by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The URL for these documents is http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf.


27. Initial/Periodic Reports of States Parties Geneva: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Irregular. 1976-
Government Documents Microfiche 959
Regular reports required by adherents to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights describing measures taken in the reporting country to ensure adherence to the terms of the Covenant. Issued as a part of the United Nations mimeographed/masthead document E/ series. Document number varies (e.g., E/1986/4/Add.27; E/1990/7/Add.15; etc.).
28. Report of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Geneva: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.. Annual. 1976-
Government Documents. UN Economic and Social Council Official Records (ESCOR). Supplement no.varies.

Many CESCR state party reports, resolutions and other documents are available on the internet at the site sponsored by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The URL for these documents is http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf.


ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

The Inter-American human rights regime is centered on two institutions, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Basic documents relating to the inter-American human rights regime can be found in the following reference:

29. Basic Documents Pertaining to Human Rights in the Inter-American System. Washington, DC. 1992.
Green Library, Int'l Docs OEA/Ser.L/V.II.82, doc.6,rev.1
The Inter-American Human Rights Commission is composed of seven members, each elected in their individual capacity as an independent expert on human rights by the membership of the Organization of American States (OAS). The Commission is in Washington DC and hears individual complaints as well as issues reports on general human rights situations in member states. It may also conduct on-site observations in particular countries with the governments consents. The reports are issued in the printed publication below:
30. Report on the Situation of Human Rights in... Washington, DC. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Irregular. 1962-
Green Library (call no varies)
Law Library (call number varies)
Report on developments in the human rights situation in selected OAS countries prepared by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Reports generally provide background information, a discussion of the work of the Commission in the country, the present human rights situation in the country, and recommendations.

Many documents of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are available from its own web site at http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/cases/commissn.htm

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights can refer cases to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Court was established in 1979 and is composed of seven individuals chosen in their private capacity as experts in the field of human rights. The Court has powers to issue decisions of both an advisory nature as well as in contentious cases. Many documents of the Inter- American Court of Human Rights are available from its own web site at http://corteidh-oea.nu.or.cr/ci/HOME_ING.HTM . Many are also available at the web site of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/iachr/iachr.html.
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