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CAT - Rgeig v. Switzerland - CAT/C/37/280/2005/CORR.1

Date: 15 November 2006
Articles: 3
Comm Number: 280/2005
Outcome: Violation

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Information is as of 4 April 2008.

CERD, CCPR, CAT, CEDAW, CMW, Disability Convention and Enforced disappearances Convention have optional complaint mechanisms, whereby an individual may complain to the respective treaty body that his or her rights under the treaty have been violated. The CMW, Disability Convention and Enforced disappearances Convention complaint mechanisms are not yet in force.

Included in this section are:

  1. requests made by the treaty body for interim measures
  2. decisions to deal jointly with cases
  3. admissibility decisions (normally decisions determining a complaint is admissible are not issued separately and hence this category involves decisions in which complaints are found to be inadmissible)
  4. final views.

The Human Rights Committee (under CCPR) also formally follows-up on final Views where a violation has been found. This information is included in the section entitled "Follow-up: Jurisprudence".