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Address by the High Commissioner at the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights

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This chapter is about the address by the High Commissioner Navi Pillay at the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the advancement of Human Rights. She highlights that due to the efforts of this organization the General Assembly created the post of High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1993 to spearhead the protection and promotion of human rights globally. The combined efforts of its leaders led to the Office growing from the small headquarters based Centre for Human Rights with some 106 staff and a biennial budget of $31 million at the end of 1993 to the current structure with 1,108 employees. Recent innovations in the human rights field may also help prevent the recurrence of violence and abuses. Finally, the four main challenges ahead for the human rights movement that will continue to engage the human rights community are impunity, discrimination, conflict and poverty.

Keywords:High Commissioner; Human Rights; Jacob Blaustein Institute; Navi Pillay



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