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United Nations Research: U.N. Treaty Bodies & Reports

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Where to find Treaty Bodies and Reports?

UNBISNET: Catalogue with background documents, reports, and articles, most with full-text links, includes status reports (with reservations and implementing legislation) and legislative history documents.

UN Treaty Body Database: Search documents and reports related to human rights treaties, by treaty, country, symbol, date. Includes jurisprudence of treaty bodies, ratifications and status information,  and reservations to treaties. Full-text  of treaty documents, some in pdf.

Universal Human Rights Index: Country-specific information from the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, and Universal Periodic Review. Search for annotations by keywords, region or state, document type, treaty body, right, or affected persons.

Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs: Special mandate resolutions and reports by country and theme. United Nations Human Rights Treaties: Treaty texts, includes amendments and protocols. Documents arranged in an extensive list of themes and subject matters, and by treaty article. Documents in the database include concluding observations, articles, jurisprudence, general comments and recommendations. However, the database has not been recently updated.

AccessUN (Databases @ Emory): Searchable index of UN documents, treaties, resolutions, periodicals. For template searching, find treaty citations using "treaty" as document number, or search the title of the treaty.

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