An analysis of the fifty-first session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the promotion and protection of Human Rights

David Weissbrodt, Mayra Gómez, Bret Thiele

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Abstract

Having the ability to propose, negotiate, and adopt resolutions affords the United Nations Sub-Commission an important tool for encouraging human rights improvements and applying its thematic expertise to concrete situations. Indeed, often even a suggestion that the Sub-Commission might adopt a resolution on a country situation is enough to inspire dialogue and human rights progress. Perhaps most importantly, however, the capacity to conduct country-specific work gives the Sub-Commission a mechanism for expressing its concerns about serious human rights situations and for serving as an active and relevant voice for international human rights. It is uncertain how useful the Sub-Commission can really be, in terms of promoting and protecting human rights around the world, if it is stripped of its capacity to apply its expertise to specific countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-837
Number of pages50
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2000

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