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Eight Reasons Why We Need A World Court Of Human Rights

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This chapter discusses eight reasons why one needs a world court of human rights. A human right constitutes a special, particularly important claim of a human being relating to fundamental values, such as life, liberty, human dignity, work, health, social security or education. The newly created Commission on Human Rights received thousands of individual petitions from all regions of the world crying for help and protection. The main responsibility of dealing with individual petitions, which also was an optional procedure, rested with the European Commission of Human Rights, which was only entrusted with issuing non-binding decisions and reports. In order to further strengthen the non-selective and truly objective decision-making function of the Council, the General Assembly entrusted the Council with a new procedure, the Universal Periodic Review. One of the standard arguments against the creation of a World Court of Human Rights is the cumbersome procedure of UN treaty amendment.

Keywords: European Commission of Human Rights; UN treaty amendment; World Court of Human Rights

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