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The Council Of Europe Commissioner For Human Rights

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The monitoring powers of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights are not limited to any particular area or set of rights, nor tied to a given treaty or procedure. This chapter presents an examination of the Commissioner's monitoring role and powers as they are set out in his mandate, before going on to look at how they have been implemented in practice. The originality of the Commissioners mandate reflects the fact that the institution operates within the wider context of the Council of Europes sophisticated human rights protection system. The Commissioners monitoring activity has been divided into five areas: assessment reports on country situations; crisis situations; recommendations and opinions; informed discussion; and issue analyses and policy recommendations. The chapter concludes with a number of thoughts on how the institutions monitoring activity might usefully develop in the future.

Keywords: assessment reports; Council of Europe commissioner; human rights protection system; policy recommendations



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