United Nations Treaty Bodies

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Other UN Treaty Bodies

The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties.

Each Treaty Body assesses the steps taken by States to ensure that everyone, including children, can enjoy the rights set out in its specific treaty. Even if the UN Committee on the rights of the child is the specialized body for children’s rights, the recommendations made by other Treaty Bodies can be of high relevance for children’s rights defenders.


In February 2017, Child Rights Connect co-founded TB-Net to better empower children’s rights defenders to use the treaty bodies as a system and to mainstream children’s rights within it. TB-Net is an informal group of international NGOs and networks working in strategic partnerships with the UN Treaty Bodies.

TB-Net comprises the following members: Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR Centre), Child Rights Connect, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GIESCR), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), International Womens’ Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-Asia Pacific) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).

Support and enhance the effectiveness of the UN Treaty Bodies so that they can better contribute to the realisation of the human rights of all persons.

We believe that Treaty Bodies to be effective need to:

  • Have quality, independent and diverse membership;
  • Develop clear, coherent and context-relevant recommendations;
  • Have transparent, accessible, inclusive and victim-oriented processes and procedures;
  • Create spaces for meaningful and safe engagement of civil society and human rights defenders and consider their views;
  • Be visible and vocal within the broader UN human rights system and externally.
  • Strengthening the participation of civil society and rights holders in the work of treaty bodies
  • Advocate for quality, independence and diversity of treaty body membership: watch our side event on TB elections and read the final report
  • Promote coherence and push for developments of treaty bodies jurisprudences with legal analysis of recommendations
  • Advocating for effective working methods and procedures, especially follow-up procedures to treaty bodies recommendations

Our member network has a broad reach and works in every country in the world.

It is unique in its global outreach and its diversity, constituting a strong and credible global voice on children’s rights.

Help us create a world in which all children can enjoy their rights.


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