AU: African Union
ACHPR: African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
ACHR: American Convention on Human Rights
ACRWC: African Charter on Rights and Welfare of the Child
ACERWC: African Committee of Experts on Rights and Welfare of the Child
CAT: Committee Against Torture
CCPR: Human Rights Committee (Committee on Civil and Political Rights - CCPR)
CERD: Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
CESR: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
CHR: Commission on Human Rights (until 2006)
CM: Committee of Ministers (of the Council of Europe)
CO: conscientious objector, conscientious objection to military service
CoE: Council of Europe
COMESA: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
CRC: Convention on the Rights of the Child
CRTF: Country Report Task Force. See Human Rights Committee
CSO: Civil Society Organisation
EAC: East African Community
EACJ: East African Court of Justice
ECHR: European Court of Human Rights
ECOSOC: UN Economic and Social Council
ECOWAS: Economic Community Of West African States
ECSR: European Committee of Social Rights
EU: European Union
EUSR: European Union Special Representative
FRA: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
HRC: Human Rights Council
IACHR: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
ICESCR: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICCPR: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
ICESCR: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
NGO: Non-Governmental organisation
OAS: Organization of American States
ODIHR: OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
OHCHR: Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
OIJ: Organización Iberoamericana de Juventud – Ibero-American Youth Organisation
OPAC: Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict (OP2)
OPSC: Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children (OP1)
OSCE: Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
OP: Operative Paragraph
PP: Preambular Paragraph
SADC: Southern African Development Community
SR: Special Rapporteur
UDHR: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UN: United Nations
UNHCR: (Office of) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNHRC: United Nations Human Rights Council
UPR: Universal Periodic Review
WGAD: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention