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Researching International Human Rights Law: Abbreviations

Guide to UH Law School students researching international human rights law.

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  • CAT - Committee Against Torture
  • CEDAW - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
  • CERD - Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • CESCR - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • CHR - Commission on Human Rights
  • CMW - Committee on Migrant Workers
  • CRC - Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • CSW - Commission on the Status of Women
  • DAW - Division for the Advancement of Women
  • DESA - Department on Economic and Social Affairs
  • ESC - Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • HRC - Human Rights Committee
  • IASC - Inter-Agency Standing Committee
  • ICJ - International Court of Justice
  • OCHA - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • OHCHR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • OSAGI - Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women
  • UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNGA - General Assembly of the United Nations
  • UNHCR - United Nationals High Commissioner for Refugees
  • UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fun
  • UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women
  • UNIFPA - United Nations Population Fund
  • UNMA - United Nations Mine Action
  • UNTS - United Nations Treaty Series
  • WHO - World Health Organization