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The Role of the High Commissioner in Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in Afghanistan and Sudan

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This chapter explores how the High Commissioners for Human Rights have addressed human rights challenges with regard to the particular cases of Afghanistan and Sudan. The author’s personal experience with the work of the High Commissioners and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in those countries. In 2006, the Commission did not renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on human rights in Afghanistan, and instead requested that the High Commissioner monitor and report to the Commission and the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on an annual basis on the human rights situation in Afghanistan and on progress made through technical assistance projects, particularly in the area of capacity-building. It has been up to the individual High Commissioners, based on their abilities and personalities, to choose the most effective policies to advance the promotion and protection of the human rights of victims in both countries.

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



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