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The High Commissioner and National Human Rights Institutions

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The year 1993 marked a momentous point in the struggle for the promotion and protection of human rights. The General Assembly also adopted a resolution establishing the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Support for the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) became one of the main responsibilities of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. This chapter provides an assessment of the support NHRIs have received from respective High Commissioners and the achievements and weaknesses/ challenges pertaining to such support. It analyzes the main achievements of the support successive High Commissioners have provided for the establishment, strengthening, and integration of NHRIs in the UN human rights system. The chapter discusses the weaknesses and challenges of this support and addresses several measures the current High Commissioner and future High Commissioners could consider in providing better support to these institutions.

Keywords:National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs); protection of human rights; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights



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