Document Your Case and Present It to the International Community

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How do victims of violation present their case to the designated UN Special Rapporteur and international human rights organisation:
 
When a victim of a violation presents their own case directly to the relevant Rapporteur, office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and human rights organisations, it obligates them legally and ethically to examine the case and take steps to help resolve the human rights issue. Further, it will press the national human rights organisations to take the case through the relevant procedures. First-hand contact from you, the victim, is therefore of paramount importance to them, and as such allows them to take your case forward, remain in contact with you, and attempt to bring the people that committed the violation to justice.
 
For every type of violation there is a specific UN Special Rapporteur that is dedicated to the type of violation you have suffered and human rights organisation that are interested in the case. As such, there is a procedure for you to submit the complaint to them and for you to know how to utilise it to your benefit.
 
Suggested steps to present your case directly:
1- The victim or someone delegated by the victim should document the violation in detail with text, images, videos with the testimonies and sources to the UN Special Rapporteur and human rights organisations. Document this in either Arabic, or if possible, English.
 
2- The victim or delegate someone to present the case locally, and then communicate the case to the Special Rapporteur and human rights organizations abroad directly or by delegating local or international human rights organization.
 
Below are the names of international human rights organisations and the Special Rapporteurs designated for all the different types ofviolations:
 

(a)

International human rights organisations:                                                                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_rights_organisations

(b)

List of UN Special Rapporteurs with their designated right:                                                    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/Themes.aspx

 
3- Make sure to contact the relevant organisation and Rapporteur to ensure they have received the complaint. Also follow up on the complaint.
 
4- Keep safe a copy of the emails and documents that have been sent.
 
5- Attempt to deliver the complaint to delegations of human rights organisations that visit Bahrain. Or attempt to contact them if you are abroad.
 
6- Attempt to utilise as far as you can the media and social networks by publishing your complaint, urging the public and the international community to work in restoring your right and bring to justice the violators.

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