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New handbook on the UN human rights system
17 November 2008 / 02:13

[Dateline: New York | Author:  NGLS]

New HR handbook In the lead-up to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) has produced, in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a handbook entitled, The United Nations Human Rights System: How to Make it Work for you.

The handbook may be downloaded in English and French rom the NGLS web site.

This handbook – primarily designed for civil society organizations – offers basic and practical information for understanding how the UN human rights system works. It gives an overview of the main international treaties and texts on fundamental human rights and explains how these rights are promoted and protected by the UN.

In a concise manner, the publication discusses the functioning of bodies such as the newly established Human Rights Council - with highlights on the Universal Periodic Review, Special Procedures and Complaints Procedures - and the mechanisms derived from specific treaties (e.g. the Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Rights of the Child).

In addition, it provides useful information for civil society organizations, national human rights institutions and human rights defenders on how to interact with and contribute to the work of these bodies and mechanisms.

Hardcopies are available in English and may be ordered from NGLS:

The NGLS is an inter-agency programme of the UN created in 1975 to promote and develop a constructive and coherent engagement of civil society organizations across the UN system.