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This introductory chapter provides an overview of this book that focuses on the protection role of the special procedures with a view to the identification of options for enhanced human rights protection in the future. Human rights protection can be classified into preventive, mitigatory, and remedial protection. The book looks at the role of the special procedures through these three lens. The evidence suggests that up to now the special procedures engage mainly in post violations fact-finding, mostly mitigatory efforts, a modest amount of remedial or compensatory work, and incipient preventive action. It is suggested that in the future greater emphasis should be placed on preventive strategies. As a matter of theory, practicality and justice, protection strategies should emphasize the prevention of gross violations of human rights.

Keywords: human rights protection; human rights special procedures



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