This series of reports examines the barriers, both formal and informal, to civil society’s engagement in the international spaces where human rights topics are discussed, protected, and advanced. The reports also identify good practices on the part of these intergovernmental organizations or human rights bodies, and the initiatives and practices civil society organizations have adopted to make their engagement more effective. The executive summary at the beginning of each report provides a useful overview, including of the recommendations made.
IJRC conducted extensive research in preparing the reports, including through surveys and interviews with members of civil society with relevant first-hand experience.
The first report in the series looks at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, while the second examines the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Forthcoming reports analyze the United Nations Human Rights Council and Commission on the Status of Women.