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When it comes to human and civil rights, is your government living up to its obligations? You can help hold it accountable by engaging with the Human Rights Committee, a UN body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) puts each UN member state’s human rights record under the microscope every five years, but requires the active engagement of civil society to make the most of it. Read this 5-minute explainer to learn how you can participate and translate its outcomes into action on the ground.

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is a crucial player in efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Americas region. Find out how you can use it to bolster your free expression advocacy.

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While each judicial or quasi-judicial body generally makes its decisions available on its own website, such databases are often difficult to effectively search and their content is limited. However, other online databases allow users to search the case law of multiple bodies simultaneously. This page provides links to the best available search facilities, arranged by scope. In addition to case-specific decisions, researchers should not overlook general treaty interpretation (such as the UN treaty bodies’ General Comments and UN special rapporteurs’ reports) or human rights monitoring bodies’ reports on States’ compliance with their treaty obligations. Further, domestic courts’ decisions are an important and often rich source of international law interpretation and application.

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