OMCT Handbook Series vol.4

Seeking Remedies for Torture Victims: A Handbook on the Individual Complaints Procedures of the UN Treaty Bodies

by Sarah Joseph, Katie Mitchell, Linda Gyorki & Carin Benninger-Budel; Foreword by Manfred Nowak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture / November 2006 / 2-88477-121-2 / pp. 514

The Book

handbook coverThe 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. This Practitioner’s Handbook is a publication of OMCT’s State Compliance Programme. This book is available in English, français, español, العربية & Русский

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