Publications : A Handbook for Civil Society

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

Human Rights Now (HRN) has published an official Japanese translation of the United Nation’s ‘Handbook for Civil Society’, 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 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It introduces the role and activities of the OHCHR, publications and resource materials, fellowship and training programmes, and funds and grants.

Please visit the following website to order a copy of the Japanese version.

Alternatively, the English version is available here.