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The Protection Roles Of Thematic Mandates

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This chapter discusses the protection roles of thematic mandate holders in detail. It starts with their role as channels for representations about violations, actual or potential. The efforts of the Special Representative on human rights defenders is a good example of efforts for the protection of those in need. Almost all of the special procedures mandate holders make urgent intercessions in order to help protect those in need. As some special procedures wrestle with protection challenges in the face of actual situations of violations of human rights, others are analyzing and pointing up new issues requiring attention or systemic issues affecting the universal realization of human rights. Two examples of these are the representative of the Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights and the Independent Expert on Solidarity and Human Rights. The chapter finally looks at the efforts of these two mandate-holders in detail.

Keywords: human rights defenders; protection roles; special procedures mandate holders; thematic mandate holders



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