Each of these institutions have very specific functions and work on the basis of different laws or international agreements. It is important to understand that:
- They can only be used if you have first tried all the ordinary complaint mechanisms. For example, a general court or a complaints procedure that is offered to you first.
- You can only apply to these institutions if the mechanisms of first instance have failed and a possible violation of your rights has not been properly investigated and compensated.
- These institutions will only assess whether there has been a potential violation of your human right. They will not re-examine your court case or declare any decisions of the State invalid.
In addition, the Ombudsman can help you understand your human rights and explain how you can protect them.