Seeking Remedies for Torture Victims: A Handbook on the Individual Complaints Procedures of the UN Treaty Bodies
Publisher: World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Place of publication: Switzerland
Year: 2006

The purpose of this Handbook is to give practical guidance to persons seeking redress for torture and other ill-treatment before the United Nations human rights treaty bodies. The Handbook provides an overview of the mandate and functions of the Human Rights Committee, the Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and describes in detail the individual complaints procedures of these bodies with special emphasis on providing strategic advice to persons litigating torture cases. It also contains a comprehensive thematic analysis of the relevant jurisprudence of the three Committees. The text boxes, tables and appendices contain important reference materials including the ICCPR, CAT and CEDAW conventions, the Committees’ rules of procedure, sample pleadings in precedent cases, and a model communication demonstrating how a complaint should be argued and structured.

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