The protection of human rights is one of the central tasks of the United Nations. Human rights are available to everyone from birth – regardless of skin color, gender, language or belief.

Since the establishment of the United Nations, member states have enshrined the protection of these rights in treaties. Human rights protection on paper is, however, much more advanced than it is in reality. Globalization or the fight against terror illustrate the challenges that the United Nations will have to face in the future. This edition of the UN Basic Information deals with the basic international legal instruments of human rights and provides an overview of the human rights actors and relationships within the framework of the United Nations.

The updated UN basic information 40 provides a compact overview of the topic of human rights.