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Running To Stand Still: The Reform Of The UN Human Rights Machinery

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The reform of the UN human rights machinery has been the victim of the attempt to reform the United Nations more generally. This chapter flags an issue: does it matter what happens to the UN human rights machinery. Clearly, it is important to victims of human rights violations, but is it also important to states trying to reduce the risks of instability, and is it important to states trying to avoid accountability? Does that machinery matter, either in its own right or as something that feeds into the political process? The chapter shows first, that it matters, and secondly, why it matters. It also explains about what that machinery is at present, and how it may be changed.

Keywords: human rights violations; reform; UN human rights machinery; victims



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