The formal requirements for victims to present a claim for redress, should they prove a violation of their rights, vary considerably from one human rights body to the next. Most UN treaty bodies have not adopted specific rules on when and how claims for redress must be presented, or even whether they must be included in the petition or communication. The UN form for model communications, for example, does not ask for any information about redress sought, merely about the facts of the alleged violations. In contrast, the regional courts generally have detailed...
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