How to bring a complaint

An ‘individual complaints procedure’ is a formal process by which an individual or, in some instances, a group of individuals, purport to hold a government directly accountable before an international supervisory body for violations of its obligations under a specific human rights treaty. In general, individual complaints procedures aim to address violations in individual cases, similar to domestic proceedings. Supervisory bodies addressing these claims provide the victims with the possibility of a ‘decision’ in support of their claims and a remedy. Several international conventions have created the opportunity for individuals to bring a complaint alleging a violation of certain treaty rights to a body of experts set up by the treaty for quasi-judicial adjudication or to an international court. This section will discuss the general requirements that have to be met for individuals to be able to bring a case/communication/petition to a supervisory body

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