Mechanisms

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights aims to promote United Nations human rights mechanisms to NGOs or organizations seeking to acquire this knowledge.

In order to reach this goal, the three types of mechanisms whose operations are explained in detail by the institute are:

The Human Rights Council, which is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations system, made up of 47 states that have the responsibility to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.

The Universal Periodic Review, which is a review of the achievements of all UN Member States in the field of human rights. As the central mechanism of the Human Rights Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for each country.

The Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies. They are independent expert committees that oversee the implementation of major international human rights treaties. Each State party to a treaty is required to take steps to ensure that all citizens can enjoy the rights set out in the treaty.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/pages/home.aspx