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In Defense of Politicization of Human RightsThe UN Special Procedures$
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Elvira Domínguez-Redondo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197516706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197516706.001.0001

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Creation, Institutionalization, and Development of Public and Confidential Special Procedures

Creation, Institutionalization, and Development of Public and Confidential Special Procedures

(p.7) One Creation, Institutionalization, and Development of Public and Confidential Special Procedures
In Defense of Politicization of Human Rights

Elvira Domínguez-Redondo

Oxford University Press

The history of how Special Procedures were first envisaged, considered, mooted, negotiated, and created impacted the evolution of the internationalization of human rights under the auspices of the UN Commission on Human Rights. The trajectory of these mechanisms provides key insights into both the overall direction and the conduct of politics concerning not only human rights but also development and issues concerned with peace and security at the United Nations. They correspondingly serve as a backdrop to many contemporary global concerns in how they are articulated, defended, and responded to by multilateral organizations. This chapter outlines the key events leading to the birth of the first public and confidential Special Procedures as a positive outcome of what was a highly politicized process. The first section explains the rationale underpinning the polar change of direction of the Commission on Human Rights, from a position where it initially denied its own competence to address human rights violations, to its decision to create subsidiary fact-finding bodies with exactly such purpose. The ad hoc nature of their establishment—from which their derive their denomination as “Special”—against political realities of the time led to a non-linear history that explains many of their current features.

Keywords:   Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Council, confidential Special Procedures, Security Council, Special Rapporteur, General Assembly

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