Pamphlet: Understanding the United Nations Human Rights System

The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research developed a short pamphlet on “Understanding the United Nations Human Rights System” as part of a project focused on capacity-building for families of the disappeared and journalists in the North-East. The booklet is available in Tamil and English by contacting ACPR at info@adayaalam.org.

Table of Contents

What is the United Nations?………………………………………… 1

Structure of UN Human Rights System……………………….. 2

Understanding the Different UN Bodies………………………. 3

  1. UN Security Council………………………………………………….. 3

– UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC)       3

  1. UN General Assembly……………………………………………….. 4

– Third Committee…………………………………………………………………………………….. 5

  1. UN Human Rights Council…………………………………………. 5

– Universal Periodic Review………………………………………………………………….. 6

– Special Procedures…………………………………………………………………………………. 6

  1. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights……. 7
  2. Treaty Bodies………………………………………………………….. 8

Committee on Enforced Disappearances………………………………………. 8

History of UN Human Rights Council Resolutions and Sri Lanka    10

Brief History of UN Visits to Sri Lanka Post-2009……. 12

Understanding the Structure of the UN in Sri Lanka…. 14

Resident Coordinator’s Office…………………………………….. 14

Resident Agencies…………………………………………………….. 14

In summary: How can Families of the Disappeared advocate to the UN?   15

– To the UN Human Rights Council………………………………… 15

– To the UN General Assembly………………………………………. 15

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