Update: 19.08.2011

UN-Human Rights Bodies: Getting Started

Within the scope of the complex system of the United Nations to protect human rights, one must differentiate between two types of bodies: 

Charter-Based Bodies: Bodies of State Representatives

Most charter-based bodies of the UN deal with the promotion and enforcement of human rights. They are political in that their members are controlled by states representatives that partially operate for the purpose of the states. According to the UN Charter, mainly the following bodies are entrusted with the enforcement of human rights: 

Treaty-Based Bodies: Bodies of Experts 

A committee is associated with each human rights treaty. Their function is to monitor the compliance of states with the provisions of the treaties. These committees are composed of independent experts. They are:

Information on Treaty-Based Bodies

Individual Complaints to Treaty-Based Bodies 

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