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UNESCO Procedure for handling complaints of alleged violations of human rights in its fields of competence
UNESCO has a confidential procedure for the examination of communications (complaints) received by the Organization concerning alleged violations of human rights in its field of competence, namely education, science, culture and information. This procedure is set out in 104 EX/Decision 3.3 adopted by its Executive Board in 1978.
In the exercise of its competence, UNESCO is called upon to examine cases concerning violations of human rights that are individual and specific, and questions of massive, systematic or flagrant violations of human rights. While cases are examined in private meetings of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations of the Executive Board, questions may be examined by the Executive Board and the General Conference in public meetings (para. 18 of 104 EX/Decision 3.3).

Since 1978, 508 communications have been considered by the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations and 315 of these were settled. The possibility of examining questions has not been put into practice yet.

More information is available on UNESCO's website on Standard-Setting Instruments.

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