The Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (formerly Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities)

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The Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, previously known as the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, was a subsidiary body of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. It was established in 1947 and operated until 2006.

The primary mandate of the Sub-Commission was to examine and study human rights issues, promote human rights norms and standards, and provide recommendations to the Commission on Human Rights. It focused on addressing discrimination, protecting the rights of minorities, and combating human rights abuses globally.

The Sub-Commission comprised independent experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. These experts, known as Special Rapporteurs or Special Representatives, were responsible for conducting research, monitoring human rights situations, and reporting their findings to the Sub-Commission.

The Sub-Commission played a significant role in advancing the understanding and promotion of human rights worldwide. It contributed to the development of important human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly decided to replace the Sub-Commission on Human Rights with a new subsidiary body called the Human Rights Council. The creation of the Human Rights Council aimed to strengthen the United Nations human rights machinery and improve its effectiveness in addressing human rights violations globally. The Sub-Commission’s functions and responsibilities were transferred to the newly established Human Rights Council.

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