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


Author: The Advocates for Human Rights

Date: 2014

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 purpose of this publication is to provide 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.

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 like The Advocates for Human Rights. 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.

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PDF Cover and Front Matter
PDF Quick Reference Guide
PDF Table of Contents
PDF Chapter 1: Introduction
PDF Chapter 2: Human Rights Background
PDF Chapter 3: Monitoring
PDF Chapter 4: Additional Monitoring Tools
PDF Chapter 5: Remote Monitoring
PDF Chapter 6: Documentation: Writing the Report
PDF Chapter 7: Advocacy
PDF Chapter 8: Accountability
PDF Chapter 9: Advocacy at the United Nations
PDF Chapter 10: Advocacy at Regional Human Rights Mechanisms
PDF Chapter 11: Building Capacity to Be Effective Human Rights Advocates
PDF Appendix A: Document Storage
PDF Appendix B: Report Layout
PDF Appendix C: Best Practices: Using Popular Social Media Platforms for Effective Human Rights Advocacy
PDF Appendix D: Tips for Navigating Social Media Platforms
PDF Appendix E: Sample Press Release
PDF Appendix F: Diaspora Ministries
PDF Appendix G: Resources for Advocacy on Business Practices and Human Rights
PDF Appendix H: National Human Rights Institutions
PDF Appendix I: Complaint Mechanisms
PDF Appendix J: Human Rights Council Complaint Procedure Form
PDF Appendix K: UN and Regional Special Procedures
PDF Appendix L: Checklist for Shadow Reporting to the UN and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms
PDF Appendix M: 10 Steps to Writing a Shadow Report
PDF Appendix N: OHCHR Fact Sheet on CEDAW Communications
PDF Appendix O: CEDAW Communication Template
PDF Appendix P: African Commission Shadow Report Template
PDF Appendix Q: Resources for Human Rights Defenders
PDF Photograph and Image Credits and Back Cover