Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, Resolution 1 (XXIV), U.N. DOC. E/CN.4/1070 at 50-51 (1971).
Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including politics of racial discrimination and segregation and of apartheid in all countries, with particular reference to colonial and other dependent countries and territories
The Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Considering that the Economic and Social Council, by its resolution 1503 (XLVIII), decided that the Sub-Commission should devise appropriate procedures for dealing with the question of admissibility of communications received by the Secretary-General under Council resolution 728 F (XXVIII) of 30 July 1959 and in accordance with Council resolution 1235 (XLII) of 6 June 1967,
Adopts the following provisional procedures for dealing with the question of admissibility of communications referred to above:
(1) Standards and criteria
(a) The object of the communication must not be inconsistent with the relevant principles of the Charter, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the other applicable instruments in the field of human rights.
(b) Communications shall be admissible only if, after consideration thereof, together with the replies if any of the Governments concerned, there are reasonable grounds to believe that they may reveal a consistent pattern of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including policies of racial discrimination and segregation and of apartheid in any country, including colonial and other dependent countries and peoples.
(2) Source of communications
(a) Admissible communications may originate from a person or group of persons, who, it can be reasonably presumed, are victims of the violations referred to in subparagraph (1) (b) above, any person or group of persons who have direct and reliable knowledge of those violations, or non-governmental organizations acting in good faith in accordance with recognized principles of human rights, not resorting to politically motivated stands contrary to the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and having direct and reliable knowledge of such violations.
(b) Anonymous communications shall be inadmissible; subject to the requirements of subparagraph (2) (b) of resolution 728 F (XXVIII) of the Economic and Social Council, the author of a communication, whether an individual, a group of individuals or an organization, must be clearly identified.
(c) Communications shall not be inadmissible solely because the knowledge of the individual authors is second-hand, provided that they are accompanied by clear evidence.
(3) Contents of communications and nature of allegations
(a) The communication must contain a description of the facts and must indicate the purpose of the petition and the rights that have been violated.
(b) Communications shall be inadmissible if their language is essentially abusive and in particular if they contain insulting reference to the State against which the complaint is directed. Such communications may be considered if they meet the other criteria for admissibility after deletion of the abusive language.
(c) A communication shall be inadmissible if it has manifestly political motivations and its subject is contrary to the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
(d) A communication shall be inadmissible if it appears that it is based exclusively on report disseminated by mass media.
(4) Existence of other remedies
(a) Communications shall be inadmissible if their admission would prejudice the functions of the specialized agencies of the United Nations system.
(b) Communications shall be inadmissible if domestic remedies have not been exhausted, unless it appears that such remedies would be ineffective or unreasonably prolonged. Any failure to exhaust remedies should be satisfactorily established.
(c) Communications relating to cases which have been settled by the State concerned in accordance with the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other applicable documents in the field of human right will not be considered.
A communication shall be inadmissible if it is not submitted to the United Nations within a reasonable time after the exhaustion of the domestic remedies as provided above.