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Founding documents

United Nations Charter

The UN Charter is the constitutive instrument of the United Nations, signed on 26 June 1945. It sets out the rights and obligations of Member States and establishes the principal organs and procedures of the United Nations.

Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights, setting out for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.


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