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The United Nations

Michael Banton

in International Action against Racial Discrimination

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280613
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598760 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280610.003.0003
 The United Nations

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UN bodies with responsibility for action against racial discrimination are described. During the period 1945–1995, the number of UN member states grew from 29 to 185. The work of the human rights treaty bodies is complemented by that of the special rapporteurs appointed by the Human Rights Commission. They trace their authority to the UN Charter binding upon all member states as opposed to the smaller numbers of states that have accepted treaty obligations.

Keywords: human rights; member states; racial discrimination; rapporteurs; treaty bodies; UN Charter; UN Human Rights Commission; United Nations

Chapter.  10518 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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