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1. The UN Reform Process in an Implementation Perspective

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This chapter focuses on two dimensions of human rights reform, namely reform of the UN Human Rights Commission and the UN Treaty Bodies. The UN World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 represents an international milestone for the new human rights agenda, its main focus being on implementation. The human rights mechanisms of the UN have had their share in these developments. UN institutions developed considerably in the aftermath of the Cold War and actively supported the creation of a culture of human rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other organizations have been running a number of workshops in order to provide tools for national institutions and NGOs on how to interact with Treaty Bodies. The chapter explores how the interaction between international and regional monitoring mechanisms and national levels can create a stronger and more dynamic protection regime.

Keywords: Cold War; human rights mechanisms; OHCHR; UN Human Rights Commission; UN Treaty Bodies



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