The Treaty Bodies are committees of independent human rights experts mandated to monitor the compliance by states with the international human rights treaties to which they are a party. Here is information about the activities of Treaty Bodies and how NGOs and individuals can participate in their work.

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What are Treaty Bodies?
There are currently eight Treaty Bodies working to monitor the compliance of UN member states to international human rights treaties. Find out more on the existing Treaty Bodies, their mandate and functions.



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The role of civil society
NGOs have an important role to play in the treaty monitoring process. This section focuses on the role of NGOs in connection with the consideration of state reports.



GNANCADJA Huguette Bokpe; expert of the CEDAW-UN, signing the SVAW petition.

Membership of Treaty Bodies
The quality of individual members serving on international treaty monitoring bodies can have significant impact on the overall effectiveness of the committees, as well as perceptions of their independence and expertise.



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Treaty Body reform
AI also contributes to discussions around working methods and harmonization of Treaty Bodies´ practices.




An activist from Amnesty International Canada signs her name to a sheet of clear plastic postcards as part of an Amnesty Section's campaign for transparency on the Diamond trade.

Take Action 
Find out more about how you can take action and make a difference on different aspects of the work of Treaty Bodies.

How you can help