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´Old-New´ Complaint Procedure of the Human Rights Council


  • Michal Davala

    () (Office of the Government of the Slovak Republic)


The UN Human Rights Council has replaced the Commission on Human Rights in 2006. The complaint procedure used by individual and group of persons to reveal consistent pattern of gross human rights violations, so called the ‘1503 procedure’, was one of the monitoring mechanisms exercised by the Commission. It has been revised and served as a basis for new complaint procedure to address gross violations of all human rights. Changes should ensure that the system will be impartial, objective, efficient, timely and victims-oriented. Have these goals been achieved? Present contribution analyses the structure of the ‘old-new’ procedure, admissibility criteria and the proceeding of the complaint. Especially, new features of the procedure are in the center of attention. Author tries to evaluate changes, their impact on effective human rights monitoring and to describe possible development tendencies.

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  • Michal Davala, 2011. "´Old-New´ Complaint Procedure of the Human Rights Council," DANUBE: Law and Economics Review, European Association Comenius - EACO, issue 3, pages 47-54, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cmn:journl:y:2011:i:3:p:47-54

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