Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations Handbook

Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations Handbook

How to document and respond to potential violations of the right to life within the international system for the protection of human rights

By Kate Thompson and Camille Giffard

Handbook links: website home page
Table of Contents - Search - Part I: Essential Reading - Part II: Identifying a Potential Violation - Part III: How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings - Part IV: Responding to the Information Collected - Part V: Where can you Seek Further Help? - Appendices
I. Essential Reading: section links...
1. Introduction - 2. Using This Handbook - 3. What You Can Achieve By Taking Action - Summary of Part I

PART I - ESSENTIAL READING

SUMMARY
PART I - ESSENTIAL READING

1. WHAT ESSENTIAL POLICY ISSUES SHOULD YOU THINK ABOUT BEFORE STARTING?

  • Security
  • Professional ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Support and rehabilitation of witnesses, relatives and friends of the victim

2. WHAT CAN YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE BY TAKING ACTION?

  • Draw attention to a situation/establish a pattern of violations
  • Seek positive changes in a general situation
  • Challenge impunity
  • Seek a remedy for an individual victim:
    • A finding of violation
    • Holding perpetrators to account
    • Reparation
    • Preventing the deportation of an individual to a country where he or she would be at risk of unlawful death or ill-treatment
  • Encourage reform of a state agency: improvements in the implementation of international standards

 

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Handbook links: website home page
Table of Contents - Search - Part I: Essential Reading - Part II: Identifying a Potential Violation - Part III: How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings - Part IV: Responding to the Information Collected - Part V: Where can you Seek Further Help? - Appendices
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