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What is a human right? Two-minute video

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Human Rights Defenders: Protecting the Right to Defend Human Rights

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Fact sheet on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly

Frequently Asked Questions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Born Free and Equal: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Human Rights Law

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Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society

How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations – A Practical Guide for Civil Society

Promoting and protecting minority rights: A guide for advocates

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