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3. Opportunities for You to Engage

3.16 Working from home

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.

Engagement

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.

Webcast

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/


Example of using thematic reports

Defender Story

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Moldova – Children engage in the periodic review through CRC session webcast

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.


Mailing Lists

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.

Website

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.

Social Media

The OHCHR is active on social media, including Twitter (@UNHumanRights), Facebook, and Instagram, and disseminates information on Treaty Bodies via these platforms.

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, 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:

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

  • Izsák-Ndiaye Rita @IzsakRita

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

  • Mikel Mancisidor @MMancisidor1970
  • Olivier de Schutter @DeSchutterO
  • Mikel Mancisidor @MMancisidor1970
  • Rodrigo Uprimny @RodrigoUprimny

Human Rights Committee (CCPR)

  • Marcia V. J. Kran @MarciaVJKRAN1
  • Yuval Shany @yuvalshany1
  • Hélène Tigroudja @HeleneTigroudja
  • Gentian Zyberi @GentianZyberi

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

  • Dalia Leinarte @DLeinarte
  • Tamader Al-Rammah @Alrammah_T
  • Bandana Rana @bandanarana2014
  • Elgun Safarov @safarov_elgun

Committee Against Torture (CAT)

  • Jens Modvig @Modvig
  • Erdogan Iscan @IscanErdogan
  • Ilvija Puce @IlvijaPuce
  • Claude Heller Rouassant @ClaudeHellerR
  • Sébastien Touze @TouzeSebastien

Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

  • Philip Jaffe @lexpsy
  • Amal Salman Aldoseri @ADossari
  • Luis Ernesto Pedernera Reyna @NenePedernera

Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)

  • Ermal Frasheri @efrasheri
  • Md. Shahidul Haque @ShahidFSBD
  • Prasad Kariyawasam @KariyawasamP

Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT)

  • Suzanne Jabbour @JabbourSuzanne
  • María Luisa Romero @mluisaromerop
  • Nora Sveaass @SveaassNora

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

  • Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame @gofefoame
  • Mara Cristina Gabrilli @maragabrilli
  • Rosemary Kayess @RosemaryKayess
  • Risnawati Utami @risnawati_utami
  • Monthian Buntan @mbuntan
  • Dmitry Rebrov @DmRebrov
  • Jonas Ruskus @JonasRuskus

Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

  • Olivier Frouville @OFrouville
  • Barbara Lochbihler @blochbihler
  • Milica Kolakovic-Bojovic @kolakius

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