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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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Alternative Reporting to the CAT

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Publication Date: 2013

These general guidelines describe the alternative (or shadow) reporting process to the Committee against Torture (CAT), a means by which NGOs may make written submissions to participate in the review process of their country and thus facilitate the enforcement of treaty obligations.

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OP-CAT Implementation Manual (2010)

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Publication Date: 2010

This manual describes the process by which the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) has come into existence and is being implemented.

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Seeking Remedies for Torture Victims: A Handbook on the Individual Complaints Procedures of the UN Treaty Bodies

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)

Publication Date: 2014

This handbook gives practical guidance to persons seeking redress for torture and other ill-treatment before the UN Treaty Bodies. It provides an overview of the mandate and functions of the Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the Committee against Torture (CAT), and the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and describes the individual complaints procedures with special emphasis on providing strategic advice to persons litigating torture cases.

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UN Human Rights Committee: Participation in the Reporting Process - Guidelines For Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre)

Publication Date: 2010

This resource offers guidance to NGOs on the process of reporting to the Human Rights Committee. The combination of detailed practical and substantive information make these guidelines extremely useful in facilitating and honing the work of NGOs in relation to the Human Rights Committee.

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Guide for Ratification & Implementation of the ICCPR

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre)

Publication Date: 2017

This guide provides practical information to stakeholders on the ratification (or accession) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

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