The vast majority of the work you can do with Treaty Bodies can be done from home. This section explains what you can do without coming to Geneva.
It is not necessary to come to Geneva to engage with the Treaty Bodies. They are quite accessible and can be contacted via email addressed to their secretariat at OHCHR. Contact details are also available on the individual webpages of the Treaty Body. See also ISHR Academy: Treaty Bodies Table.
All sessions of a Treaty Body are broadcast live and recordings kept on the UN Web TV website. Each Treaty Body has its own webpage on the UN Web TV website with recordings organised by session.
All public meetings of the United Nations are broadcast live and recordings available at http://webtv.un.org/
In 2019, the NGO Child Rights Information Centre in Moldova gathered a group of children to follow the periodic review of Moldova by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), through the webcast of the session which was broadcast on UN Web TV. The children observed the dialogue between their government and the CRC in Geneva and sent their live comments and questions to the CRC members through the NGO, Child Rights Connect. The webcast was an opportunity for the children to follow the session from a friendly environment and engage in the process without having to travel to Geneva.
For detailed and regular updates on Treaty Body sessions, including deadlines for submission of information, you can sign up to the OHCHR Civil Society Weekly Update which includes the OHCHR Treaty Bodies Weekly Update.
Each Treaty Body has a dedicated website. Upcoming events, recent developments and news in connection with each Treaty Body can be found on their respective website. You can also find contact information here, including email addresses.
Most Treaty Bodies are not very active on social media. Only the Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) has its own twitter account (@UN_CMW). However, you can follow the work of each Treaty Body on the UN Treaty Bodies twitter account (@UNTreatyBodies).
Several individual Treaty Body members are quite active on social media. You can receive important, up to date information on Treaty Body happenings by following Treaty Body members on Twitter. Also, if they write tweets on your issue, you can retweet their posts to spread awareness. Active Treaty Body members on Twitter include:
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