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The authors of this book examine the challenges the High Commissioners have faced in seeking to protect individuals from human rights abuses in more than a half dozen case studies. The case studies address countries that have presented the High Commissioners with very different kinds of challenges. The authors identify problems within key countries, describe how the High Commissioners handled them, and recommend strategies that might enable the current and future High Commissioners to improve the protection of human rights in the particular country and throughout the world. Following an overview of the mandate of the United Nations(UN) High Commissioner, this introductory chapter discusses the individuals who have served as and developed the post of High Commissioner; considers questions that have seized the authors about establishing leadership, credibility, and accountability; and summarizes the authors' recommendations.

Keywords:High Commissioner; human rights; United Nations (UN)



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