Human Rights: A Basic Handbook for UN Staff

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This handbook has been developed to assist United Nations colleagues understand and appreciate the human rights system within the context of the United Nations Organization.
In particular, it seeks to assist new UN colleagues, and those working outside the human rights secretariat, in understanding the concept of human rights, the obligations of the Organization to promote and protect human rights, and how the UN discharges this obligation.

It handbook is divided into five parts, providing an overview of the following areas:

- International human rights standards and their development
- United Nations organs
- Human rights mechanisms
- United Nations strategies and action to promote human rights
- OHCHR and partners

It is hoped that the handbook will familiarize colleagues with human rights standards and mechanisms and thus enable them to take account of the overarching principles of human dignity that should be reflected in all their activities.