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Origins, Essence And Foundations Of Special Procedures

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This chapter traces the origins, essence and foundations of the special procedures system. Nowadays the existence and operations of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, the rapporteurs, working groups and other experts, is well-established. The Special Procedures are premised upon the need for rapid action, designed to protect victims and potential victims, and do not preclude in any way the taking of appropriate judicial measures at the national level. The chapter first provides some historical background on the establishment of the early mandates in order to give an idea of how they came about and what were their objectives. It then looks at some key features that provide the foundations for the system of special procedures, weaving in, as appropriate, the recently adopted code of conduct for special procedures mandate holders. Finally, the chapter looks at some of the core principles of human rights fact-finding.

Keywords: human rights council; human rights fact-finding; special procedure mandate holders; special procedures system



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