UN human rights mechanisms can be strong allies for local organisations working on torture. They review States compliance with human rights obligations and the recommendations they issue can be used by anti-torture organisations to create legitimacy and importance to their national advocacy priorities. Through their on-going and direct contact with victims, local organisation possess a wealth of information and knowledge about torture in their country, which can be useful for lobbying UN Mechanisms. To ensure that the lobbying is effective, it is essential to understand the mandates, practical functioning and modalilties for engagement with the different mechanisms.

The IRCT's practical guides series provides easily accessible information about how to engage with the UN mechanisms most relevant to anti-torture organisations.

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