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The UN Human Rights Treaty System

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ISBN13: 9789041116499
ISBN: 9041116494
Published: July 2001
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £297.00

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Human rights treaties are at the core of the international system for the promotion and protection of human rights. Every UN member state has ratified at least one of these treaties, making them applicable to virtually every child, woman or man in the world - over six billion people. At the same time, human rights violations are rampant. The problem is that the implementation scheme accompanying the core human rights standards was drafted during a period of history when effective international monitoring was neither intended nor achievable. Today there is a gap between universal right and remedy that is inescapable and inexcusable, threatening the integrity of the international human rights legal regime. There are overwhelming numbers of overdue reports, untenable backlogs, minimal individual complaints from vast numbers of potential victims, and widespread refusal of states to provide remedies when violations of individual rights are found. This report prepared by Professor Bayefsky envisions a wide-ranging number of reforms, most of which can be accomplished without formal amendment.

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I: Background. II: Report.
1. Introduction.
2. Overdue Reports.
3. The Consideration of a State Party's Record in the Absence of a Report.
4. Periodicity of Reports.
5. Focussed and Consolidated Reporting.
6. Inadequate Reports.
7. Special Reports.
8. Order of Considering Reports.
9. The Timing of the Consideration of Individual Communications.
10. Considering Individual Communications.
11. Working Groups.
12. The Special Rapporteur on New Communications.
13. The Special Rapporteur on Follow-up to Individual Communications.
14. Country Rapporteurs.
15. List of Issues.
16. Country Information within OHCHR.
17. CORE Documents.
18. Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs).
19. UN Agencies, Bodies and Programmes.
20. The Special Procedures/Mechanisms.
21. The Dialogue.
22. Concluding Observations.
23. Reservations.
24. Follow-up on State Reporting or Operationalizing the Human.
25. Treaty body Visits or Missions to State Parties.
26. General Comments and Recommendations.
27. Media.
28. Meetings of Chairpersons of the Treaty Bodies.
29. Treaty Body Members' Performance.
30. Languages.
31. Streaming Complaints.
32. Documentation.
33. The Venue for CEDAW.
34. Servicing and Resources.
35. Amendment. III: List of Recommendations. Annexes.