Level Title Institution Country Description
International Human rights handbooks: Practical guides to the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights Council of Europe International


Implementing human rights at the national level, namely the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, to property, to liberty and security, to life, the prohibition of torture and freedom of thought.

International Recommendation on systematic work for implementing human rights at the national level Council of Europe - Recommendation by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights. International


There is a gap between the rights proclaimed in international and regional human rights instruments and how these rights are respected in individual countries. CoE Recommendations advise local authorities in initiating local baseline studies, local action plans, regular reviews of the local rights’ implementation situation, privatizing of local government services, human rights budgeting, as well as in establishing local/ regional institutions to facilitate the access to a complaint system to those which are in need of it etc. 

International Think globally, act locally – for human rights Council of Europe – Commissioner for Human Rights International

Local and regional authorities should apply European and international human rights standards when they formulate their policies and ensure that their approach is rights-based.

International Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Handbook for National Human Rights Institutions Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) International


Provides the normative framework and state obligations deriving from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other sources.

International HUMAN RIGHTS: A Basic Handbook for UN Staff Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) International


This handbook has been developed to contribute to the understanding of the concept of human rights, the obligations of the UN to promote and protect human rights, and how the United Nations discharges this obligation.

International Good Governance Practices for the Protection of Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) International


Strengthening of democratic institutions, improving service delivery such as education and social services, strengthening human rights in legislation and policy and combating corruption.

International, National United Nations Treaty Collection United Nations International

Provides information regarding the status of all the Treaties relating to Human Rights that have been adopted by the United Nations.

Local The organisation of the temporary stay of Travellers (L’organisation du séjour temporaire des gens du voyage) Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism Belgium

Practical guide for local authorities