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Paving Pathways for Justice & Accountability: Human Rights for Diaspora Communities

Date: January 1, 2014
Paving Pathways for Justice & Accountability: Human Rights for Diaspora Communities - full download
Cover and Front Matter
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
Appendix J: Human Rights Council Complaint Procedure Form
Appendix K: UN and Regional Special Procedures
Appendix L: Checklist for Shadow Reporting to the UN and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms
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
Photograph and Image Credits and Back Cover
Country: United States of America
Type: Manual
Issues: Diaspora Engagement , Human Rights Defenders , International Advocacy , Technical Assistance, Capacity Building, Training

People in diaspora communities have an increasingly important global role to play as a bridge between individuals, governments, and international legal and political mechanisms. Diaspora communities are a critical link in creating change - from within the country, as well as from without - in social institutions and structures to hold governments accountable and promote the full realization of human rights.

The publication provided practical tools and step-by-step guidance for diaspora community groups and individuals who want to use human rights monitoring, documentation, and advocacy in their work to change policy and improve human rights conditions in their countries of origin. The contents of this manual have been shaped by the requests for assistance and guidance that The Advocates routinely receives from diaspora communities, as well as by input from human rights defenders in the Global South. The manual is designed to aid advocates of all backgrounds and experiences. With background information, key questions to consider, case examples, templates, and practitioners' tips, this manual provides tools to combat human rights abuses and promote the full realization of human rights.

Researched and written by The Advocates for Human Rights in 2014, Paving Pathways for Justice & Accountability: Human Rights Tools for Diaspora Communities provides a full menu of useful resources that are grounded in the daily work of human rights defenders. While this manual was created to facilitate the inclusion of diaspora voices in efforts to hold governments accountable for human rights, we hope that it will also benefit and be used by human rights defenders and civil society organizations throughout the world.