Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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 General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) (French) (Spanish)  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. 

This website contains any available UDHR translations with no distinction between languages and dialects since all of them serve the purpose of global dissemination. At present, there are 466 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. To know more about the collection, click on UDHR materials in the left-hand column.

The goal of this website is to disseminate UDHR broadly. You can help by contributing translations that are not already included in the collection and also by sending us any UDHR materials that you have produced. For further instructions on submitting a translation, please refer to the submission guide. If you wish to send us UDHR materials, click on Contact the UDHR Team in the left-hand column to see the mailing address.


  • Efforts have been made to select the official or best available translations, produce new translations in widely spoken languages and, most importantly, make them easily accessible to the public. It should be noted, however, that OHCHR bears no responsibility for the quality and accuracy of any translations other than those of the six official UN languages. OHCHR would appreciate receiving any feedback in this sense by competent agencies.
  • If UDHR translations or materials are reproduced, users should make reference to this website as a source by providing a link.
  • All suggestions or modifications concerning translations posted on this website can be sent to hredatabase@ohchr.org

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