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State, Individual, Corporate And International Responsibility

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From the outset, special procedure mandate holders have set a high standard of protection in insisting on State, individual, corporate and international responsibility for violations of human rights. This chapter outlines some of the ground-breaking precedents of special procedures mandate holders. It presents the dramatic evidence of how special procedures mandate-holders, at the outset of the system, upheld the governing laws regarding the obligations of governments to uphold, respect, protect, and ensure human rights and insisted on the competence of the United Nations to investigate situations of international concern. Finally it shows examples from the practice of mandate-holders, more recently, to hold States responsible for the conduct of corporations that impact adversely on the enjoyment of human rights.

Keywords: criminal violations; human rights; special procedure mandate holders; United Nations



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