UN human rights petition systems


The system of communicating with international human rights mechanisms has evolved steadily over many decades. Today, the system is highly complex and lacks proper coordination. There are serious questions as to its accessibility for people on the ground and as to its effectiveness in actually helping people.

The project will therefore look at the historical evolution of petitioning the human rights system (Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, the Confidential Complaints Procedure etc.), and take a fresh look at whether the system is ‘fit for purpose.’ It will suggest new ideas for how the system could be reformed to make it more cost-efficient, accessible responsive and effective.