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Introduction: Appraising the United Nations Human Rights Regime

Philip Alston, Frédéric Mégret

From: The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Frédéric Mégret, Philip Alston

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 May 2021

Subject(s):
Indigenous peoples — Disability — Disappearances

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the UN rights regime, which has changed dramatically in almost every respect. In normative terms, major new instruments have been adopted addressing the situation of persons with disabilities, disappearances, indigenous peoples, and many other groups, and the rights of LGBTI persons are now squarely on the agenda from which they were then almost entirely absent. In terms of staff, the relatively small Center for Human Rights has been replaced by an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. These dynamics illustrate the extent to which the place of human rights within the broader constellation of global governance is susceptible to constant change. The chapter then considers what is, or should be, involved in the process of evaluating or appraising the effectiveness of the UN human rights regime as a whole and of individual human rights organs.

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