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The Minority Rights Activities of the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, UN Working Group on Minorities, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( July 2005-June 2006)

The Minority Rights Activities of the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, UN Working Group... Graham Fox and Erik Friberg* I. Introduction This period has been both a highly significant and somewhat uncertain one in regard to the human rights institutions and mechanisms of the United Nations, and has seen the abolition of the Commission on Human Rights and the establishment of the Human Rights Council. In regard to UN mechanisms on minority issues, a significant development was the creation of a new UN Special Procedures mandate, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues (hereinafter IEMI or "Independent Expert"), established to complement the work of the Sub-Commission Working Group on Minorities (hereinafter WGM or "Working Group") and offer new possibilities to fill a widely perceived gap in the UN tools to promote and protect the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minority groups. `Review' and `reform' have been key features of this period, and the optimistic voices promoting new institutions for a new era of UN rights protection, have been matched by cautious voices foreseeing more modest outcome of reform efforts of UN political bodies. As one of the latest new human rights mechanisms created by the Commission, the establishment of the mandate of an Independent Expert was timely http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The Minority Rights Activities of the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, UN Working Group on Minorities, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( July 2005-June 2006)

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1570-7865
eISSN
2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/22116117-90000053
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Abstract

Graham Fox and Erik Friberg* I. Introduction This period has been both a highly significant and somewhat uncertain one in regard to the human rights institutions and mechanisms of the United Nations, and has seen the abolition of the Commission on Human Rights and the establishment of the Human Rights Council. In regard to UN mechanisms on minority issues, a significant development was the creation of a new UN Special Procedures mandate, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues (hereinafter IEMI or "Independent Expert"), established to complement the work of the Sub-Commission Working Group on Minorities (hereinafter WGM or "Working Group") and offer new possibilities to fill a widely perceived gap in the UN tools to promote and protect the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minority groups. `Review' and `reform' have been key features of this period, and the optimistic voices promoting new institutions for a new era of UN rights protection, have been matched by cautious voices foreseeing more modest outcome of reform efforts of UN political bodies. As one of the latest new human rights mechanisms created by the Commission, the establishment of the mandate of an Independent Expert was timely

Journal

European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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