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Human rights treaty bodies


What are the human rights treaty bodies?

The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties. Each State party to a treaty has an obligation to take steps to ensure that everyone in the State can enjoy the rights set out in the treaty.

Currently, there are nine human rights international treaties, and one optional protocol, from which 10 treaty bodies have been established. The treaty bodies are composed of independent experts of recognized competence in human rights, who are nominated and elected for fixed renewable terms of four years by State parties.

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Treaty bodies in action: an introduction

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The Human Rights Committee (HRCttee)
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The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
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Committee against Torture (CAT)
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Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)
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Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
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The Committee on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights (CESCR)
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The Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
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Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
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Committee on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD)
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The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture
(SPT)
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The human rights treaty body animated videos have been produced
with the financial support of the European Union.

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