What is a human rights treaty body?

What is it? What is a Human Rights Treaty Body? The most basic minimum human rights standards have been discussed and written down by countries. Countries have agreed to follow them, and these have become international law. Countries must ensure people can enjoy the human rights they have been promised. How does it work? Under each of these laws is a committee of human rights experts that studies how well a country is living up to its human rights promises. Every few years a country must tell a committee how well it is doing and where it is facing challenges. This is a periodic check-up to see that things are going in the right direction. It is an opportunity for a country to honestly reflect on its accomplishments and challenges. The committee of experts gathers information widely and studies the human rights situation of the country. The committee provides guidance to the country on the way forward. In some cases, people can complain to a committee if they believe their human rights have not been respected. Some committees can even visit countries to see for themselves what the human rights situation is. What can I do? Find out what your rights are. Learn more about the UN human rights programme. And spread the word. Visit ohchr.org.


  1. U.S. Mission Geneva said:

    Congrats on putting together a very nice basic primer on the HRC!

    December 29, 2011
  2. Tsering Phuntsok said:

    its very interesting when you people talks about the human rights to our young kids but. you never performed your duty to visit the country to evaluate the human right condition… especially in tibet….tibetan and burning their precious human life….pls pls if you value the humanity …visit tibet….

    July 1, 2012
  3. Zoe Hanson said:

    Great way to learn about human rights and treaties.

    October 9, 2013
  4. Yusef Ali said:

    I need help. The secret services in Saudi Arabia have detained my father for no reason. Please if anyone can help email me at [email protected]

    October 24, 2013
  5. Paolo Lupo said:

    I have just seen that little video. It's a very simple and clear way to explain the basic definition of human rights.

    September 23, 2014
  6. Casaleo Dailha said:

    it´s funny, this human rigths just don´t care about human rigth of christians genocide in islamic countries. Don´t be fooled by the cute design

    August 31, 2015
  7. Alla Soiko said:

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    October 2, 2018

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