Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. They are roughly 450 people of 70-plus nationalities who are country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. They direct their […]
AI is an international NGO that specialises in advocacy on behalf of people under arrest and in detention. They campaign and put pressure on governments to redress human rights abuses. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep […]
The fact sheet provides a comprehensive overview of the characteristics, mandate and complaints procedures of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. This is the place to start if you are thinking of making a complaint to the Working Group.
The OHCHR website provides a list of NHRIs in different countries. Use this to identify the relevant NHRI to your circumstances.
In Kenya, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (“IPOA“) is the independent body which investigates complaints against the police. How to complain: By phoning the complaints management team By emailing the complaints team By writing a letter to the IPOA Or visiting a police station itself. What to include in your complaint: Your name and contact […]
This is the police oversight body in Trinidad and Tobago that can investigate misconduct by police.
Brazil, with a federal government system has federal ombudsman bodies. The first police ombudsman in Brazil was established in the state of Sao Paulo in 1995, with the purpose to enhance internal controls of the actions of the state police. Under federal law (Legislative Decree No. 150, 2009) the Ombudsman position must occupied by a […]
Example of a general oversight body that can investigate police and other public bodies where suspected of misconduct or human rights abuse.
TRIAL International is a non-governmental organization fighting impunity for international crimes and supporting victims in their quest for justice. TRIAL International takes an innovative approach to the law, paving the way to justice for survivors of unspeakable sufferings. The organization provides legal assistance, litigates cases, develops local capacity and pushes the human rights agenda forward.