The Universal Human Rights Index (UHRI) is designed to facilitate access to human rights recommendations issued by three key pillars of the United Nations human rights protection system: the Treaty Bodies established under the international human rights treaties as well as the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council.
The UHRI aims at assisting States in the implementation of these recommendations and at facilitating the work of, national stakeholders such as National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), non-governmental organisations, civil society and academics as well as the United Nations.
The UHRI enables users to produce overviews of recommendations by country (summary by country), by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or by Human Rights Voluntary Goals (HRVGs), as well as to perform basic and advanced searches by using filters. The “Document search” allows the user to search the original documents that are entered and indexed in the UHRI.
Using the Overview functions (Summary by Country, Sustainable Development Goals, or Human Rights Voluntary Goals) is useful to obtain a general overview of the output of human rights mechanisms relating to the country selected, or to see how recommendations related to either the Sustainable Development Goals or the Human Rights Voluntary Goals.
The basic and advanced search functions allow users to make more targeted searches, either by human rights mechanism, theme or affected person, or to narrow it down further with time-criteria or geographical scope.
It is important to note that recommendations by international human rights mechanisms need to be manually entered and classified in the UHRI system, and therefore a document may not yet be available in the database.
When doing a search, the user can save the selected State for future searches by ticking the box “Save the selected State/Entity for all future searches”, as well as clear any filter through pressing the button “clear”.
On this page the user can choose a country, and view the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. When clicking one of the goals e.g. goal 17 “Peace, Justice and Strong institutions”, the twelve targets will come up below the query. By clicking one target, or a selection of them, the number of recommendations that are linked to that target will be indicated in green. The user can then click “Show results” to show a listing of those recommendations.
The basic search page allows the user to do a simple search by State, theme, human rights mechanism and/or affected persons (within each category single or multiple entries are possible). Entries can be removed by clicking on the cross next to the selection. The results show after pressing “Apply filters”. The original document can be accessed through the hyperlinked document codes in the search results.
The advanced search page allows for a more in-depth search through additional categories and the possibility for multiple entries by adding several filters. The “Text search” can include single or multiple word or phrases such as “poverty” and/or “housing”, for example. Entries can be removed by clicking on the cross next to the selection. The original document can be accessed through the hyperlinked document codes in the search results.
The “search by symbol” refers to the document number indicated on the top right corner of a document.
The user can also select the time period for which the search should be run (“Show results by including”).
One can further narrow down a search by including the region, country, theme and/or affected person. One can also filter by Sustainable Development Goal and Human Rights Voluntary Goal.
In the “Filter by Body” the user can choose which international human rights mechanism should be taken into account in the search (treaty bodies, special procedures, universal periodic review, other, or all), as well as further refine the selection by choosing the exact document type.
The section on UPR recommendations allows for filtering by the recommendations made by the States, and the position of the State under review which can be either “supported” (the State will act on the recommendation) and “noted” (State has taken note of the recommendation made). Where states have supported or noted part of a recommendation, the position is shown as “supported/noted” and these recommendations are included when using either filter.
The “Document search” allows the user to search the original documents that are entered and indexed in the UHRI.