Human Rights Law Sources: UN Pronouncements on Extra-Territorial Obligations

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR)

This publication provides a collection of recent pronouncements applying extra-territorial obligations (ETOs) from United Nations treaty bodies and Special Procedures, including Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts appointed by the Human Rights Council.

ETOs are increasingly recognized as essential to ensuring a global framework built on human rights. Civil society is demanding that ETOs be applied through human rights monitoring, accountability and remedial mechanisms, resulting in a growing body of pronouncements enforcing ETOs in practice. Indeed, ETOs have been applied by most treaty bodies in the context of periodic reporting and are now included in General Comments and Recommendations. They have also been applied in the analyses of UN Special Procedures including Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts.

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