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The Protection Roles Of Country Mandates

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Country mandates of the former Commission on Human Rights, now the Human Rights Council, accompanied and supported the peoples of other countries in their travails, as they underwent gross violations of human rights. This chapter examines the protection role of the country rapporteurs by setting the evolution of their role in historical perspective. The first country mandates namely those on South Africa, the Occupied Territories in the Middle East, and Chile, enjoyed broad political support and were given much latitude to denounce violations. The chapter looks at how some of the early mandate-holders approached their tasks, especially the preparation of studies of alleged violations. Finally, it looks at how one had to navigate the first thorough study under the 1503 procedure, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the majority of members of the Commission.

Keywords: 1503 procedure; Chile; country mandates; country rapporteurs; human rights council; Middle East; protection role; South Africa



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