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Human Rights Legal Research Guide: Getting Started

Off Campus Access

OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS TO DATABASES. Many of these databases are available to the FSU Community through remote access. Be sure to first link to this off-campus access on your computer. After being prompted for and entering your FSU user id and password, you may continue with your research. 

What are Human Rights?

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

United Nations Human Rights
Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights

Additional Research Guides

Start here for an overview of important resources in Human Rights law. Research guides are useful in starting research because they identify and describe important primary and secondary authority and indicate useful research strategies and tips. 

Search Engines

Excellent search engines for locating exclusively human rights information on the web.

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