4. How many states have ratified human rights treaties?

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How many states have ratified human rights treaties?

A very large number of states have done so. On a quarterly basis, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) records the number of states that have ratified human rights treaties (OHCHR Table (EXCEL document)).

Human Rights Treaty Year of adoption/entry into force Number of ratifying states
International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) 1965/1969 175
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) 1966/1976 160
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1966/1976 167
Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 1979/1981 187
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) 1984/1987 153
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 1989/1990 193
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW) 1990/2003 46
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPD) 2006/2008 126
Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED 2007/2010 37
(Last update: September 2012, www.ohchr.org)

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