The United Nations Human Rights Treaties

General Documents Not Relating To Specific States

General Comments or Recommendations


  • CAT General Comment 1 (Implementation of Article 3 in the context of Article 22)
  • CAT General Comment 2 (Implementation of Article 2 by States Parties)
  • CAT Draft General Comment: The Obligations of States Parties to Implement Article 14
  • General Comments or Recommendations on are as of November 2012. To update use the UN website search engine here.

    A treaty body may adopt General Comments or Recommendations, which are official statements adopted by the Committee that elaborate on the meaning of treaty obligations. Some General Comments or Recommendations may be procedural in nature, others may address substantive provisions of the treaty and provide the Committee's interpretation of treaty rights.

    CERD and CEDAW refer to these official statements as “General Recommendations” and CED, CRPD, CCPR, CESCR, CAT, CRC and CMW refer to them as “General Comments”.