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Fact-Finding, Recommendations, And Follow-Up

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The role of special procedures in conducting fact-finding into human rights problems and publishing reports with their findings and recommendations is among their strongest contributions to the protection of human rights. Special Procedures contribute to better understanding of the root causes, factors, and possible ways to combat and prevent phenomenon affecting the enjoyment of human rights. This chapter provides glimpses into the fact-gathering and fact-finding role of special procedures mandate-holders based on their reports to the former Commission on Human Rights, and its successor, the Human Rights Council. The biggest challenge facing the special procedures system remains the follow up to its recommendations and communications. This is crucial to guarantee a concrete impact in the protection and promotion of human rights. Ensuring better follow-up to special procedures recommendations and communications has been identified as a priority by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), mandate-holders and their partners.

Keywords: fact-finding; human rights problems; special procedures mandate-holders; special procedures recommendations



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