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Ms. Jane Connors

Ms. Jane Connors
Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Human Rights
Human Rights Bodies - Introduction
The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body System
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Human Rights
Human Rights Bodies - Introduction
The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body System
A. Legal Instruments
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, New York, 7 March 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 660, p. 195.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Second Optional Protocol Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, New York, 15 December 1989, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1642, p. 414.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series,vol. 993, p. 3.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, New York, 18 December 1979, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1249, p. 13.

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, New York, 6 October 1999, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2131, p. 83.

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 10 December 1984, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1465, p. 85.

Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 18 December 2002, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2375, p. 237.

Convention on the Rights of the Child, New York, 20 November 1989, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1577, p. 3.

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, New York, 25 May 2000, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2173, p. 222.

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, New York, 25 May 2000, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2171, p. 227.

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, New York, 18 December 1990, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2220, p. 3.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York, 13 December 2006, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2515, p. 3.

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York, 13 December 2006, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2518, p. 283.

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, New York, 20 December 2006.
B. Jurisprudence
Supreme Court of India, Vishaka and others v. State of Rajasthan and others, JT 1997 (7) SC 384.

Supreme Court of Canada, R v. Ewanchuk, [1999] 1 S.C.R. 330.

Constitutional Court of South Africa, The State v. Geoffrey Baloyi, 1999.
C. Documents
Report of the Secretary General, “Strengthening the United Nations: an Agenda for Further Change” (A/57/387, 9 September 2002).

Report of the Secretary General, “In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all” (A/59/2005, 21 March 2005).

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, The OHCHR Plan of Action: Proection and Empowerment, Geneva, May 2005.

Report on Mexico produced by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women under article 8 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention, and reply from the Government of Mexico (CEDAW/C/2005/OP.8/MEXICO, 27 January 2005).

For more information on the United Nations human rights treaty system, see the official website.
D. Doctrine
“Reform of the United Nations Human Rights Machinery”, Special Issue of the Human Rights Law Review, vol. 7 (1) 2007.

A. Devereux/C. Anderson, “Reporting under International Human Rights Treaties: Perspectives from Timor Leste’s Experience of the Reformed Process”, Human Rights Law Review, vol. 8, 2008, pp. 69-104.