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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.


History of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR Simplified version (available in 8 languages)



Visit the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The OHCHR website contains any available UDHR translation with no distinction between languages and dialects since all of them serve the purpose of global dissemination. At present, there are 360 different translations of UDHR, available in HTML and/or PDF format. 

OHCHR also maintains a worldwide collection of materials on the UDHR which is permanently based in the OHCHR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The goal of the website is to broadly disseminate the UDHR. You can help by contributing translations that are not already included in the collection and by sending any UDHR materials that you have produced.