Human Rights Tools for a Changing World: A step-by-step guide to human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy

The groundbreaking manual Human Rights Tools for a Changing World: A step-by-step guide to human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy, published in January 2015, was created with the express purpose of providing advocates of all backgrounds, experiences, and locations a full range of tools and resources to promote human rights in a changing world. Providing practical, step-by-step guidance for individuals and community groups wanting to use human rights monitoring, documentation, and advocacy in their work to change policy and improve human rights conditions.

The manual is designed to aid advocates undertaking a variety of activities—from the relatively simple to the more complex. With background information, key questions to consider, case examples, and practitioner’s tips, this handy resource provides tools to combat human rights abuses and change social institutions, as well as structures to promote the full realization of human rights.

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Cover and Front
Quick Reference Guide
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Human Rights Background
Chapter 3: Monitoring
Chapter 4: Additional Monitoring Tools

Chapter 5: Remote Monitoring
Chapter 6: Documentation: Writing the Report
Chapter 7: Advocacy
Chapter 8: Accountability
Chapter 9: Advocacy at the United Nations
Chapter 10: Advocacy at Regional Human Rights Mechanisms
Chapter 11: Building Capacity to Be Effective Human Rights Advocates
Appendix A: Document Storage
Appendix B: Report Layout
Appendix C: Best Practices: Using Popular Social Media Platforms for Effective Human Rights Advocacy
Appendix D: Tips for Navigating Social Media Platforms
Appendix E: Sample Press Release
Appendix F: Diaspora Ministries
Appendix G: Resources for Advocacy on Business Practices and Human Rights
Appendix H: National Human Rights Institutions
Appendix I: Complaint Mechanisms: Menu of Options
Appendix J: Human Rights Council Complaint Procedure Form
Appendix K: UN and Regional Special Procedures
Appendix L: UN and Regional Special Procedures
Appendix M: 10 Steps to Writing a Shadow Report
Appendix N: OHCHR Fact Sheet on CEDAW Communications
Appendix O: CEDAW Communication Template
Appendix P: African Commission Shadow Report Template
Appendix Q: Resources for Human Rights Defenders
Photo Credits and Back Cover