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International law, including international human rights law, has increasingly been recognised and applied in national courts as well as international tribunals and accountability for gross violations of human rights has increasingly been demanded of those responsible – including military leaders and civilian dictators in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The “Paris Principles” prescribe several criteria essential for NHRIs to be effective. The Principles also envisage that NHRIs will perform a wide variety of functions in promoting and protecting human rights. The World Conference on Human Rights convened in Vienna in 1993 against a background of several decades of sterile debates in international fora concerning the relative importance of civil and political rights on the one hand and economic, social and cultural rights on the other.

Keywords: Human Rights; International law; International law; Paris Principles; World Conference



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