Pre-Glion III policy dialogue: ‘Effective prevention by the Human Rights Council: what is it, does the Council possess the tools to do the job, and how to make it work in practice?’
Ahead of Glion III, the Universal Rights Group (URG), with a number of supportive State delegations in Geneva, organised a series of informal policy dialogues, designed to allow early consideration and exchange on different aspects of ‘human rights implementation and compliance.’
The third policy dialogue took place on 12th April, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Mexico. The dialogue focused on ‘Recalibrating UN intervention in cases of persistent non-compliance and serious human rights violations: from reaction to prevention?’ Discussion centred on three key areas:
- What role for the Council in following-up on and addressing instances of persistent non-compliance; and can information on such non-compliance act as an early-warning mechanism to prevent serious human rights abuses and crises?
- Existing strategies on prevention, responsibility to protect (R2P), and Human Rights Upfront: are they working, and have they made a difference?
- Are the Council’s existing tools and mechanisms designed for prevention? Can they be adapted for the purpose? Or are new approaches, practical tools and mechanisms needed?
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