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A handbook on issues of transition from the Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights Council

ISHR and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) published this handbook in June 2006 to facilitate the participation of NGOs and human rights defenders at the then newly formed Human Rights Council. The handbook briefly describes the old system under the Commission, what the Council needs to consider and do during its first year, and some of the key issues, and existing suggestions and choices. The handbook also identifies the main questions around each of these issues to generate discussion and reflection on what NGOs and defenders hope can be achieved through the system, what features they think would be useful, and better options.


 Please note that the Handbook is also available in French/Le Handbook est aussi disponible en français.


To download the entire handbook please click here
  Cover page, contents and foreword
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Agenda and Rules of Procedure
Chapter 3. Special Procedures
Chapter 4. Sub-Commission and System of Expert Advice
Chapter 5. Complaint Procedure
Chapter 6. Universal Periodic Review
Chapter 7. Participation of NGOs and NHRIs
Chapter 8. Pending Standard-Setting
Chapter 9. Issues

There are a series of annexes with key documents, compilations and tables of information that have been prepared to accompany the handbook. To view the list of annexes click here.

Version française

 Pour la publication en entier, cliquez ici
  Pages de garde, table des matières
Chapitre 1 Introduction
Chapitre 2 L'ordre du jour et les règles de procédure
Chapitre 3 Les procédures spéciales
Chapitre 4 La Sous-Commission et le mécanisme de conseil
Chapitre 5 Le mécanisme de plainte
Chapitre 6 L'examen périodique universel
Chapitre 7 La participation des ONG et des INDH
Chapitre 8 Les normes en cours d'élaboration
Chapitre 9 Questions

To receive a copy of the Handbook

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