The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has issued a guide for Civil Society which is focused on how civil society can follow up on recommendations of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms and mandates or bodies. The guide is to help civil society – working with the United Nations human rights programme and are not familiar with the main features of these mechanisms. It is primarily intended for CS working at the national level for implementation.
Sections 1 – 3 of this Guide explain ‘follow-up’ and ‘implementation’, while section 4 describes methods and activities that civil society actors (CSAs) can use.
Section 5 reviews existing follow-up procedures and practices of UN human rights mechanisms and how CSAs can participate.
The Guide also refers to tools to facilitate civil society follow-up activities.
These are listed in section 6. By reviewing a variety of follow-up methods and activities complemented by real experiences, kindly contributed by CSAs and OHCHR field presences, the Guide offers a menu of options from which CSAs can select on the basis of their own priorities and capacity.