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At the end of the examination of the different facets of the protection roles of UN human rights special procedures the question arises how might one assess what the special procedures are doing for the protection of human rights? The first point that may be made is that the special procedures are providing a historical record of the violations of our times. Second, the urgent action mechanisms of the special procedures do save lives on occasions. Third, mobilization initiatives by the special procedures on particular situations or issues can have a mitigating effect. Fourth, the visits that special procedure mandate holders make to countries can help in the attenuation of violations. Finally, to the extent that special procedure mandate holders come up with policies and normative recommendations that are acted upon they help to bring about an environment that is more conducive to protection.

Keywords: human rights violations; protection roles; special procedure mandate holders; UN human rights; urgent action mechanisms



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