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Human Rights Field Operations

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The United Nations (UN) has long acknowledged the nexus between issues of human rights and of the causes and the resolution of armed conflict. This recognition provides the context for the ever-increasing deployment by the UN of human rights field operations in conflict and post-conflict environments. This chapter discusses the historical review of human rights field operations. It is commonly agreed that the goal of human rights field operations is the protection of the human rights of specific populations. With regard to each of the work areas of human rights field operations, it is necessary to clarify overarching principles, objectives and methodsto identify the core doctrine of human rights fieldworkfor instance, the consideration of what might be understood to be the fundamental functions of a field operation and the basis for all other aspects of its work, its human rights monitoring and reporting work.

Keywords: human rights field operations; post-conflict environments; United Nations (UN)



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