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This guide offers a thorough explanation of the United Nations human rights treaty bodies, with a focus upon the four committees authorised to receive communications from individuals. Detailed information is provided concerning procedural requirements, while the treaties are analysed for their relevance to the forcibly displaced. United Nations mechanisms are also examined, with an emphasis on the thematic and country. The regional systems of Africa, Europe, and Latin America are thoroughly analysed with special attention to the particular substantive relevance of the regional human rights treaties to the situation of refugees, asylum-seekers, and the internally displaced is presented in detail. Because refugees and displaced persons are frequently the victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, this volume also includes a chapter on the provisions for victims and witnesses before international criminal tribunals. The trend toward the establishment of mixed national and international bodies in post-conflict societies is examined in the concluding chapter, using the human rights institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a model. The contributors are recognised experts on the