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The Role Of Ngos – An Overview

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This chapter focuses on the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as providers of information. It is now widely accepted that without NGOs, the United Nations (UN) human rights machinery would not be able to function. They have been involved in initiating and drafting standards, in establishing machinery for implementation and monitoring, and in providing those mechanisms with the information essential to their functioning. There are essentially two kinds of reports: those prepared and presented by the government itself (such as the State reports under the human rights treaty body system) and those prepared by others. Complaints procedures are divided between those based on specific cases (whether individual or groups) and those concerning general or systematic violations of human rights. Without the publicity and human rights education provided by NGOs, people would not know about the standards and monitoring procedures.

Keywords: complaints procedures; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); reporting procedures; United Nations (UN) human rights machinery

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