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Fact-Finding by UN Human Rights Complaints Bodies - Analysis and Suggested Reforms

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In this contribution, three main forms of human rights fact-finding are first identified, before focusing on one of them, fact-finding forming part of considering complaints. The practice of the three relevant treaty-based bodies, in particular the Human Rights Committee, is reviewed, followed by a discussion of that of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Although their practices are described separately, the two types of bodies share many characteristics. After highlighting problematic implications of the current fact-finding practice of these complaints bodies, some solutions are suggested and considered.


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