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Five Years Of Working In The Un Commission On Human Rights: Some Reflections For The Future Work Of The Un Human Rights Council

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This chapter summarises author experiences in the UN Commission on Human Rights, in particular some of the challenges that it faced from 2000 to 2005, and which eventually triggered its abolition in 2005. It describes the idea of universality according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the doctrine of no power and its reversal. The chapter discusses the limited competence of the Commission on Human Rights, selectivity and regionalisation. It explores the indivisibility of human rights and international protection of economic, social and cultural rights. The chapter reviews regional actors and solidarity in the Commission; and outlines the loss of the United States leadership role in the Commission. With effective regional human rights institutions, the major role left for the UNs Human Rights Council is well advocacy, HR-education, empowerment, the provision of international protection and advisory services as well as technical cooperation in the sphere of human rights.

Keywords: regional actors; UN commission; UNs human rights council; universal declaration of human rights



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