The Unique Position of National Human Rights Institutions: A Mixed Blessing?

  title={The Unique Position of National Human Rights Institutions: A Mixed Blessing?},
  author={Anne Smith},
  journal={Human Rights Quarterly},
  pages={904 - 946}
  • Anne Smith
  • Published 9 November 2006
  • Political Science
  • Human Rights Quarterly
National Human Rights Institutions can play a key role in promoting and protecting human rights. They are able to do so by the unique position they occupy between government, civil society, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). However, this unique position which holds out opportunities for national human rights institutions also gives rise to problems for such institutions. National human rights institutions have to define and defend their role or space in relation to where they fit in… 
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