The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: by Felice D. Gaer, Christen L. Broecker

By Felice D. Gaer, Christen L. Broecker

During this first systematic exam of the function of the head United international locations human rights legit, editors Felice Gaer and Christen Broecker study the achievements, management forms of, and stumbling blocks encountered by means of the UN excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, and suggest ideas for the long run. The editors are joined by way of 18 professional individuals together with current and previous UN policymakers, human rights practitioners, criminal students, and present excessive Commissioner Navi Pillay. The United countries excessive Commissioner for Human Rights: judgment of right and wrong for the area examines how the six people who have served during this put up have labored to finish atrocities, carry perpetrators of abuses to account, advertise equality and justice, and supply security and redress to sufferers.

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Carey (Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2005), xv-xx. 38 “Transcript of Press Conference by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at UN Headquarters,” UN press release SG/SM/8318, July 29, 2002. 39 “Top UN Rights Official Raises Concerns About US Treatment of Terror Detainees,” UN News Centre, March 6, 2003. N. Asks Pakistan to Review Laws Against Women,” Washington Post, February 26, 2003. introduction13 death, Ramcharan remained Acting High Commissioner until July 2004, when Louise Arbour began her term.

40 Bertrand Ramcharan (2003–2004) Bertrand Ramcharan, who had been Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights since 1998, was named Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights in late May 2003 when Vieira de Mello accepted a temporary position heading the UN Mission in Iraq. Following Vieira de Mello’s 37 See Felice Gaer, “Forward,” in Subcontracting Peace: The Challenges of NGO Peacebuilding, ed. Oliver P. Richmond and Henry F. Carey (Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2005), xv-xx. 38 “Transcript of Press Conference by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at UN Headquarters,” UN press release SG/SM/8318, July 29, 2002.

In July 2002, Vieira de Mello had emphasized his intention “to transform human rights into a source of unity, not of division,”38 and many viewed his appointment as an attempt to mollify states hostile to his predecessor. 40 Bertrand Ramcharan (2003–2004) Bertrand Ramcharan, who had been Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights since 1998, was named Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights in late May 2003 when Vieira de Mello accepted a temporary position heading the UN Mission in Iraq. Following Vieira de Mello’s 37 See Felice Gaer, “Forward,” in Subcontracting Peace: The Challenges of NGO Peacebuilding, ed.

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