Understanding the Treaty Bodies
Overview of what you will learn in this module
The Basics (including acronyms and webpages)
An introduction to UN Treaty Bodies, the committees of independent experts that monitor how State parties are implementing the core international human rights treaties and their optional protocols
What can the Treaty Bodies do for you?
Explore the various ways the Treaty Bodies can support your advocacy
QUIZ! What the Treaty Bodies can / cannot do
Gain a deeper understanding of the Treaty Bodies through our quiz
Periodic reviews - What do the Treaty Bodies do?
Understand the nature and purpose of the periodic review process, one of the main outputs of the Treaty Body system
Individual communications - What do the Treaty Bodies do?
Explore how Treaty Bodies take up individual communications or complaints
General comments - What do the Treaty Bodies do?
Learn about general comments and recommendations and what they mean to defenders
Inquiries - What do the Treaty Bodies do?
Understand the nature of inquiries undertaken by Treaty Bodies
Early warnings and urgent actions - What do the Treaty Bodies do?
Discover how Treaty Bodies can act to prevent and address specific human rights violations
Follow-up - What do the Treaty Bodies do?
Examine the ways that Treaty Bodies follow-up on their own actions to push for change
The Role of OHCHR
Learn about the crucial role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the work of the Treaty Bodies
Why engage with the Treaty Bodies?
Reflect on whether a particular Treaty Body is the right tool to help you achieve your advocacy goals
QUIZ! Understanding the Treaty Bodies
Bring it all together and see what you’ve learnt!