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
V. Where can you Seek Further Help? section links...
1. Why You May Wish To Seek Further Help - 2. Some Specific Sources of Help - Summary of Part V

PART V - WHERE CAN YOU SEEK FURTHER HELP?

1. WHY YOU MAY WISH TO SEEK FURTHER HELP?

Formal procedures before international mechanisms, set up for the sole purpose of assessing whether or not states are enforcing their obligations under international law, are not the only form of help to which you may turn, in response to allegations of unlawful killings. There are a number of reasons why you may wish to seek assistance from a different source, either in addition to, or instead of, resorting to a formal procedure.

TABLE 42: POSSIBLE SOURCES OF HELP

TYPE OF HELP

POSSIBLE SOURCE (See Appendix II for further details)

Organisations which may take action themselves on the basis of your information

  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • More experienced international or national NGOs
  • Field missions, such as those of the OSCE, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, or large international NGOs
  • Victim-specific organisations, such as ILO conferences or the IPU

Organisations which may be able to provide advice and support

  • More experienced international or national NGOs
  • Professional organisations and networks

Organisations which may be able to help with support and rehabilitation of witnesses and family and friends of the deceased

  • International and national rehabilitation NGOs
  • UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture (for relatives of those who have died as a result of torture)

Organisations or bodies where active lobbying may be effective

  • UN Commission on Human Rights
  • UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
  • Organisation of African Unity
  • Organisation of American States
  • Council of Europe
  • European Union

 

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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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