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[Publication]A Handbook for Civil Society

Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society


Human Rights Now,HRN published an official translation of A Handbook for Civil Society from English into Japanese. The English edition of the Handbook was originally published in 2008.


The Handbook explains how the different United Nations human rights mandates and mechanisms work, and how members of civil society, such as human rights defenders, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions, can engage with them most effectively.


The Handbook includes sections on the Human Rights Council, the human rights treaty bodies, the special procedures, the universal periodic review mechanism and the various complaint procedures.


Each chapter, accessible as a stand-alone reference on specific mechanisms or mandates, provides entry points for members of civil society and best practice examples of their initiatives and contributions.


The Handbook also promotes collaboration between civil society and OHCHR. It introduces the role and activities of OHCHR, publications and resource materials, fellowship and training programmes, and funds and grants.


For the English edition, please see the following website.


If you would like to order the book, please visit the following website.