Fifty years of fighting for rights and freedoms
In December 1966, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that would forever shape international human rights: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they are known as the International Bill of Human Rights.
NEWS & EVENTS
50th anniversary of the international human rights covenants: A celebration and appraisal, 15 December 2016 - Message by the Deputy High Commissioner
15 December 2016 – Half a century ago, the United Nations adopted both the ICESCR and the ICCPR, giving expression our broad-based hopes for the elevation of human dignity and the alleviation of preventable human suffering.Read More
Statement by the High Commissioner at the General Assembly commemorative event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Covenants
NEW YORK (19 October 2016) –The Human Rights Covenants, now 50 years old, are our most precious legacy.Read More