UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies
Overall, the work of each treaty body is aimed at ensuring that each State party to the relevant treaty fulfils its obligations, thereby allowing individuals to enjoy the human rights protected by that treaty.
There are ten human rights treaty bodies, namely:
The functions of these bodies include examining State reports together with additional information submitted from civil society organisations and national human rights institutions on the implementation of the relevant treaty, considering individual complaints, conducting inquiries and issuing general comments providing guidance on the interpretation by the body of treaty provisions.
Treaty body reviews therefore provide a means for the implementation by States of their human rights obligations to be tested and enhanced.