Improving access to justice through UN human rights mechanisms

The ICJ is helping human rights lawyers from Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Lao PDR, to understand how United Nations human rights mechanisms can help improve access to justice.

To build the awareness and capacity of human rights lawyers from these countries to make use of human rights mechanisms based in Geneva, the ICJ is organizing workshops with human rights lawyers in the region, as well as hosting practical mentorships for some of the participating lawyers with the ICJ’s office in Geneva. The ICJ has also prepared unofficial translations of key UN guides for use in the project, which are also being made available on the ICJ’s website for a wider audience.

The publications, originally produced in English by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) are:

  • Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society

Cambodia/KhmerLaosMyanmar/BurmeseThaiVietnamese (existing OHCHR official version)

  • United Nations Human Rights Council – A Practical Guide for NGO Participants


  • Universal Periodic Review – A Practical Guide for Civil Society


  • How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations – A Practical Guide for Civil Society



Given the particular interest in the issue in the region, the ICJ also commissioned translation of the following additional OHCHR publication:

  • Land and Human Rights: Standards and Applications

Laos – Myanmar/Burmese (word version)

Official UN versions of all of these documents, in English and other languages, are available on the OHCHR website here.

For more information about the project, please contact Matt Pollard, Senior Legal Adviser, at matt.pollard(a) .

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