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Contemporary Challenges Of International Protection

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The need for international protection of human rights has never been greater. The human rights treaty bodies are still, for the most part, engaged in exercises of persuasion, although the views they render on individual petitions have helped generate a significant international jurisprudence in favour of protection. The newly established Human Rights Council places the accent on dialogue and cooperation even in the face of gross violations of human rights. This chapter assesses some of the contemporary challenges of international protection with a view to seeing how the quest for protection might be taken forward in the coming years. It discusses the political phenomena affecting the delivery of international protection. Finally, the policies and practice of UN human rights special procedures are presented.

Keywords: human rights treaty bodies; international protection; UN human rights special procedures



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