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The Un Commission on Human Rights Machinery for the Protection of Human Rights

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Since the UN conventional mechanisms for the protection of human rights were not designed to address most individual communications of human rights violations reaching the Organization, they were for many years neglected. The international community did not empower itself with any procedural mechanism for handling individual communications until 1967, at the extra conventional level of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as a reaction to the slowness in the adoption and entry into force (in 1976) of the first conventional mechanism that of the Human Rights Committee. In 1967, the CHR whose composition had just increased as a result of many territories of Africa and Asia hitherto under colonial domination having acceded to independence, chose an alternative, non-conventional, and more flexible mechanism for handling individual communications.

Keywords: Africa; Commission on Human Rights (CHR); human rights violations; international community



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