The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) produces an extensive range of publications on a variety of topics related to human rights, which provides information of interest to Governments, national institutions, civil society, the general public and the media. The goal of OHCHR's publications programme is to increase knowledge and raise awareness about human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to publicize ways of promoting and protecting them worldwide. OHCHR publications also aim to encourage debate on human rights issues under discussion at the United Nations. 

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets provide information on a wide range of human rights subjects. By researching and focusing on an issue, a Fact Sheet helps readers understand human rights and related topics, and the international machinery that has been established to promote and protect them.  


Special Issue materials

Special Issues explore selected subjects in greater depth. The subjects are chosen in the light of their topicality, urgency and recent developments that have led to a change of perspective or emphasis. 

Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework  

Reference materials

Reference materials give researchers and human rights law practitioners access to key human rights instruments and other essential information. These materials also include jurisprudence from human rights treaty bodies. 

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Training and Education materials

Training and Educational materials consist of guides, manuals and handbooks for indigenous peoples, minorities, professional groups (e.g. police, prison officials, judges, parliamentarians, human rights monitors, election monitors and social workers) and educational institutions. 

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Policy and Methodological materials

Policy and Methodological materials provide practical and policy guidance on the method of application and implementation of human rights norms.

How to obtain OHCHR publications?

Most OHCHR publications are available online and may be downloaded free of charge from this website. These publications are marked with (w) on the publications list. An up-to-date list of OHCHR titles is available here (pdf) (Arabic | Chinese | English | FrenchRussian | Spanish)

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The OHCHR Publications Catalogue 2019
features over 150 current and noteworthy titles available in multiple official United Nations languages.

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The Other Infrastructure Gap: Sustainability
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Laws that discriminate against women
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