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Musings of a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights

Musings of a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Global Governance 9 (2003), 7–13 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Musings of a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro he United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR) appointed its first special rapporteur in 1979 to report on abuses in Chile T under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. This initiative estab- lished an important precedent for the institution of special procedures to examine serious human rights violations in any country. In 1982, for the first time, a thematic rapporteurship was set up to examine summary and arbitrary executions. Consequently, the fifty-three member states of the CHR have taken steps toward a worldwide system for monitoring human rights. In mid-2002, there were forty-one special rapporteurs: thirty on thematic issues, eleven working in specific countries. My first appointment as special rapporteur for Burundi lasted from 1995 to 1999. In December 2000, I began a second mandate for Myanmar, a position I continue to hold. The selection process for special rapporteurs is somewhat in - scrutable, perhaps even byzantine. It is entirely controlled by the chair of the CHR. Through direct consultations with the members of the bureau, the chair appoints specialists. The overall quality of appointees thus depends largely on the courage, insight, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-00901003
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Abstract

Global Governance 9 (2003), 7–13 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Musings of a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro he United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR) appointed its first special rapporteur in 1979 to report on abuses in Chile T under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. This initiative estab- lished an important precedent for the institution of special procedures to examine serious human rights violations in any country. In 1982, for the first time, a thematic rapporteurship was set up to examine summary and arbitrary executions. Consequently, the fifty-three member states of the CHR have taken steps toward a worldwide system for monitoring human rights. In mid-2002, there were forty-one special rapporteurs: thirty on thematic issues, eleven working in specific countries. My first appointment as special rapporteur for Burundi lasted from 1995 to 1999. In December 2000, I began a second mandate for Myanmar, a position I continue to hold. The selection process for special rapporteurs is somewhat in - scrutable, perhaps even byzantine. It is entirely controlled by the chair of the CHR. Through direct consultations with the members of the bureau, the chair appoints specialists. The overall quality of appointees thus depends largely on the courage, insight,

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2003

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