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Treaty Bodies’ Individual Communication Procedures: Providing redress and reparation to victims of human rights violations

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Publication Date: 2019

This publication focuses on the consideration of complaints from individuals alleging a violation of their rights. Individual communications procedures (ICPs) were developed to enforce the rights enshrined in the corresponding treaties and provide victims of violations with an effective remedy before an international body.

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The Relationship of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances with Civil Society Actors

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

Publication Date: 2013

This UN document reviews all avenues through which civil society actors can engage with the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). It explains the Committee’s methodology of interaction with civil society actors during the reporting process as well as the follow-up and review procedures. The document also clarifies the role of civil society actors in relation to country visits by the Committee.

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Commentary on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIDH), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

Publication Date: 2010

This is a rigorous scholarly commentary on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) and its provisions. It is divided into three sections which address procedural issues, substantive interpretation, and remedies and enforcement.

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Claiming ESCR at the United Nations: A Manual on Utilizing the OP-ICESCR in Strategic Litigation

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: ESCR-Net

Publication Date: 2014

This guide provides detailed information on how to effectively use Treaty Body complaint (or communication) and inquiry procedures, including examples of comparative legal arguments, strategies, and jurisprudence from other international human rights enforcement mechanisms. It offers advice on crafting communications and on strategies to ensure that the cases brought forward under the Optional Protocol enhance the efficacy of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and advance accountability, remedies, and enforcement of these rights.

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Holding Government to Account: A Guide to Shadow Reporting on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Amnesty International

Publication Date: 2014

This guide explains how the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) periodic reporting process can be used to apply pressure on States to take steps to improve the enjoyment of human rights. The guide advises how NGOs can attend and participate in periodic review sessions held by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), including submitting a shadow report.

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ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)

Publication Date: 2011

This guide provides a thorough background on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and state obligations under the treaty. It also details the ways in which civil society may engage with the Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) through the state reporting cycle, by submitting an individual complaint, by utilising early warning measures and urgent procedures, or through thematic discussions.

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Guide for NGOs and NHRIs Reporting to the CRC

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Child Rights Connect

Publication Date: 2014

This guide provides information on the procedures for the examination of reports submitted under the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Optional Protocols. It also details how NGOs can effectively interact with the Committee by submitting information and participating in the pre-sessional working group meeting.

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Participation in the CEDAW Reporting Process: Process and Guidelines for Writing a Shadow/Alternative Report

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific)

Publication Date: 2010

This guide outlines the steps and provides advice to NGOs in preparing shadow/alternative reports to the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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Handbook on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: International Disability Alliance (IDA)

Publication Date: 2010

This manual explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the context of other core human rights treaties. The manual reviews all the articles of the Convention, providing background on the drafting process to aid in the understanding of certain provisions.

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Commentary on the United Nations Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Oxford Commentaries on International Law - Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2019

This 1361-page commentary provides an in-depth analysis of all substantive, organizational, and procedural provisions of the Convention against Torture (CAT) and its Optional Protocol (OPCAT). It aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for researchers and practitioners alike, giving a thorough analysis of the preparatory work of the Convention and its Optional Protocol in the Commission on Human Rights and its inter-sessional Working Group.

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