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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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Guide on Reporting to the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Publication Date: 2017

This manual provides a comprehensive introduction to the human rights Treaty Bodies, national mechanisms for reporting and follow-up (NMRFs), and the procedures for reporting to the Treaty Bodies.

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Handbook for Human Rights Treaty Body Members

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Publication Date: 2015

This handbook serves as a guide on the nominations and elections, independence and accountability, workload and expectations, and practical details of the offices of Treaty Body members.

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National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up: A practical guide to effective State engagement with international human rights mechanisms

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Publication Date: 2016

This guide explains national mechanisms for reporting and follow-up (NMRF), how they work and how they may be structured. It provides advice on the elements that States must consider when establishing or strengthening their NMRF, with examples of State practice.

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