The United Nations and Human Rights: A Guide for a New Era

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Political Science - 223 pages
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This is a comprehensive and timely guide to the United Nations (UN) human rights machinery.

Today, virtually all UN bodies and specialized agencies are undertaking efforts to incorporate the promotion or protection of human rights into their programs and activities. The United Nations and Human Rights examines these recent initiatives within the broader context of human rights practice. It provides the most up-to-date and incisive analysis of this increasingly important area of global politics. Issues that are examined include:
* the historical and philosophical development of the UN human rights system
* the UN structures and procedures for addressing human rights
* changes to the UN human rights machinery post-9/11
* the managing of international conflict
* the promotion of individual rights
* the advancement of agendas of social movements
This book is essential reading for students and practitioners of human rights, international relations and international law.

  

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Contents

A guide to the new UN human rights practice
1
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
8
UN Charterbased bodies and other nontreaty bodies
44
UN treaty bodies
80
The Security Council
115
The International Labour Organization
142
Conclusion looking backward going forward
162
selected directory of UN human rights bodies
166
timeline of the UN human rights system
178
special procedures of the Commission on Human Rights
189
Notes
192
Annotated bibliography
207
Index
215
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About the author (2005)

Julie Mertus is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of ethnic conflict, human rights, refugee and humanitarian law and policy, gender and conflict, transnational civil society and post-conflict transition. She is author or editor of over two dozen academic articles and six books. She was formerly a fellow in human rights at Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.