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Policy Contribution
O'Flaherty, Michael and Broecker, Christen
2014
June
Policy Brief. The Outcome of the General Assembly’s Treaty Body Strengthening Process: An Important Milestone on a Longer Journey
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United Nations, Treaty body, General Assembly
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The new policy brief, “The Outcome of the General Assembly’s Treaty Body Strengthening Process: An Important Milestone on a Longer Journey,” describes the path leading from the High Commissioner’s process to the intergovernmental process, examines the extent to which the General Assembly’s outcome reflects the recommendations in the High Commissioner’s 2012 report on the Dublin Process as well as other proposals made by States, and outlines the implications of General Assembly Resolution 68/268, which concluded the intergovernmental process.    The policy brief concludes that the General Assembly’s resolution will make important changes to the UN financing for the treaty bodies; it also will increase the amount of time per year that the treaty bodies meet.  The resolution also encourages the treaty bodies to take steps to harmonize their various procedures; its recommendations in this area will be considered and acted upon by the treaty body experts, including by their ten Chairpersons at a meeting in Geneva at the end of June.  The report notes that the General Assembly did not endorse several of the High Commissioner’s recommendations aimed at promoting better implementation by States of their human rights obligations; it does, however, devote substantial funding to create a capacity-building program to provide States with UN assistance in preparing their reports to the treaty bodies. Significantly, the report also identifies several proposals made during the process that threatened the independence and autonomy of the treaty bodies but were not incorporated in the final resolution.  These proposals reflect some States’ enduring opposition to the treaty bodies’ practice of rigorously, independently scrutinizing States’ human rights performance.  The threats posed by those proposals have been averted for the time being.
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Universal Rights Group
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http://www.universal-rights.org/media/k2/attachments/URG_Policy_Brief_web_spread_hd.pdf
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