Scales for Justice

Working towards peace and reconciliation

Urgent appeals to the United Nations are among the most effective means in cases of urgent matters. After receiving the information S4J will examine the case and study which human rights bodies could be engaged in the issue. Based on its experience with the UN, S4J will then draft a letter and bring it to the attention of the concerned human rights mechanisms, notably the UN Special Procedures and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Regular exchange with the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a relation of mutual trust are crucial for this task. Possible results of urgent appeals are government communications by the UN (these communcations remain strictly confidential until the next communication report of the Special Procedures to the Human Rights Council), press releases by the UN as well as inclusion of the case into official reports.