International Human Rights law in one sense offers great promise and hope because of the lofty ideals which it espouses and in another sense great disappointment because of the gap between what these idealistic statements proscribe in terms of an aspiration for all mankind and the reality under which most people live. If all of the rights which are said to exist under the international human rights law project did actually exist, a global utopia would have come into existence. However all around the world, there are routinely breaches of the rights set out in the fundamental documents that proscribe what rights mankind is supposed to enjoy simply as a result of the fact that we are human.
The body of rights which is largely held to exist stems from three major documents which are said to the ‘international bill of rights’. This is composed of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR). These three conventions are said to represent in respective order first generation universal human rights, second generation universal human rights and the third generation universal human rights.