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International Human Rights Law in U.S. Courts: Sources of International Human Rights Law

United Nations

United States

Organization of American States

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the regional intergovernmental organization for the Americas.  The American Covention on Human Rights (American Convention) is the primary OAS human rights treaty. The American Convention and the other documents that comprise the OAS human rights framework are a source of persuasive authority regarding the scope and content of universal fundamental rights and freedoms.  (Note:  The U.S. is an OAS  member state; however, the U.S. has not ratified the American Convention.)

African Union

The African Union (AU) is the regional intergovernmental organization for the continent of African.  The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Charter) is the primary AU human rights treaty.  The African Charter and the other human rights documents the comprise the AU human rights framework are a source of persuasive authority regarding the scope and content of universal fundamental rights and freedoms.

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe (COE) is the primary regional intergovernmental human rights organization for Europe.  The European Convention on Human Rights (European Convention) is the primary COE human rights treaty.  The European Convention and the other documents that comprise the COE human rights framework are a source of persuasive authority regarding the scope and content of universal fundamental rights and freedoms.