Litigation against States

In order to challenge the lack of willingness of States to ensure respect of human rights and to make up for weaknesses in national jurisdictions, FIDH is increasingly involved in proceedings targeting the responsibility of States, before regional or United Nations bodies.

FIDH is involved as amicus or third party in a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and is increasingly involved in bringing cases before the African and Inter-american Human Rights Courts and Commissions. Proceedings before the United Nations treaty bodies on human rights (Human Rights Committee, Committee on Enforced Disappearances) or certain UN Human Rights Council special procedures allowing for an adversary examination (Working Group on Abitrary Detention - WGAD) can also be strategic recourses to challenge State responsibility and put an end to the violations.