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Review of Mandates
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 09:49


The rules of the Council call for all mandates to be reviewed every year (for country mandates) and every three years (for thematic mandates).  General Assembly Resolution 60/251 states that:


‘The review, rationalization and improvement of mandates, as well as the creation of new ones, must be guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non‑selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation, with a view to enhancing the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.’


These reviews generally focus upon the relevance, scope and contents of the mandates, and use as a framework: existing human rights standards, the system of special procedures and General Assembly resolution 60/251 quoted above. 


Further reading

  • For more information on the review process, see the section on Institution building.
  • For a mandate-by-mandate description of each review process, see the List of mandates


On the stakes involved in the review of mandates, see Meghna Abraham, A New Chapter for Human Rights, ISHR and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Geneva, 2006). For the outcome of the review of mandates in the first two years, see any of the following publications:



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