Lesson Series 33: Filing a Complaint with the United Nations Treaty Based Human Rights Mechanisms

The Issue

Anyone may bring a human rights problem to the attention of the United Nations and thousands of people around the world do so every year. This lesson explains in detail the procedures open to individuals and groups who want the United Nations to take action on a human rights situation of concern to them. (For a general overview of United Nations Charter based Bodies and Procedures see Lesson Series 19).

The Lessons

Lesson 1: Overview of the complaint mechanisms before the United Nations treaty based human rights bodies.

Lesson 2: Case example highlighting various aspects of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights complaint procedure in practice