International human rights treaties obligate governments to report periodically on compliance with the articles in the treaties. Government reports often focus on successes, overlooking or underplaying failures in human rights protection on the ground. Nongovernmental organizations can play an important role by providing the treaty body committee members with information and examples of problems with implementation and areas of government non-compliance. These reports are often called “shadow reports” because they correspond with the government’s report.
Using its Special Consultative Status, The Advocates for Human Rights regularly reports to the United Nations about U.S. compliance with international human rights standards. Click here for an archive of submissions.
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