Each of these institutions has very specific functions and they work on the basis of different laws or international agreements. It is important to understand that:
- International institutions can only be used if you have first tried all the national complaint mechanisms.
- You can only apply to the international institutions if national mechanisms have failed and a possible violation of your rights has not been properly investigated and compensated.
- International institutions will only assess whether there has been a violation of your human rights. They will not re-examine your court case or declare any decisions of the State invalid.
Learn more about the following human rights institutions: