Selected Documentation on Corruption and Human Rights

International standards

Title Year
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1948
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1966
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) 1966
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 2011
United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
2003
UNODC Compendium of international legal instruments on corruption 2005
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2011
UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles 2000

Resolutions and Decisions by the Human Rights Council

Symbol Date Title
A/HRC/RES/35/25 23 June 2017 The negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
A/HRC/RES/29/11 2 July 2015 The negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
A/HRC/DEC/26/115 10 July 2014 The negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
A/HRC/RES/23/9 13 June 2013 The negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
A/HRC/RES/21/13 27 September 2012 Panel discussion on the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights

Resolutions and Decisions by the Commission on Human Rights

Symbol Date Title
E/CN.4/RES/1992/50 3 March 1992 Fraudulent enrichment of top State officials prejudicial to the public interest, the factors responsible for it, and the agents involved in all countries in such fraudulent enrichment

Reports by the Advisory Committee

Symbol Date Title
A/HRC/28/73 >5 January 2015 Final report on the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
A/HRC/26/42 14 May 2014 Progress report on the issue of the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights

Reports by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Symbol Date Title
A/HRC/32/22 15 April 2016 Best practices to counter the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of all human rights
A/HRC/23/26 18 April 2013 Summary report of the Human Rights Council panel discussion on the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
A/HRC/4/71 12 February 2007 Report of the United Nations Conference on anti-corruption, good governance and human rights

Selected Thematic Reports by Special Procedures Mandate Holders and Treaty Bodies Relevant to Corruption by Theme

  • Judicial corruption
Symbol Date Title
A/72/140 25 July 2017 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers devoted to the issue of organized crime and its impact on the justice system
A/67/305 13 August 2012
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, addressing two aspects of the phenomenon of corruption: judicial corruption; and combating corruption through the judicial system
  • Arbitrary detention and corruption
Symbol Date Title
A/HRC/10/21 16 February 2009 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
  • Protection of reporting persons
Symbol Date Title
A/70/361 8 September 2015 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the right of access to information, on the protection of sources of information and on the protection of whistle-blowers
  • Corruption and prevention of torture and other ill-treatment
Symbol Date Title
A/HRC/40/5916 January 2019Report of the Special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment: Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
CAT/C/52/2 20 March 2014 Seventh annual report of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Corruption and the right to health, in particular mental health
Symbol Date Title
A/72/137 14 July 2017 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
  • International cooperation
Symbol Date Title
A/HRC/35/33 25 April 2017 Best practices and how to improve on the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation between States with respect to law enforcement on the issue of business and human rights: Study of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Reports by the former Sub-Commission on the Prevention and Protection of Human Rights

  • Reports by the Special Rapporteur on corruption and its impact on the full enjoyment of human rights
Symbol Date Type
A/HRC/11/CRP.1 18 May 2009 Second Progress Report
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/18 25 June 2005 First Progress Report
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/23 7 July 2004 Preliminary Report
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/18 14 May 2003 Working Paper
  • Reports by the Special Rapporteur on the question of the impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations (economic, social and cultural rights)
Symbol Date Type
E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/8 27 June 1997 Final Report
E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/11 22 June 1994 Preliminary Report

Recommendations of human rights mechanisms

  • General comments of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Symbol Date Title
E/C.12/GC/24 10 August 2017 General comment No. 24 (2017) on State obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the context of business activities
  • General comments of the Committee of the Right of the Child
CRC/C/GC/16 17 April 2013 General comment No. 16 (2013) on State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children’s rights