Yearbook of the United Nations 1996

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.



Promotion of human rights

In 1996, the United Nations continued its efforts to promote human rights through a number of mechanisms, including the Commission on Human Rights and its subsidiary body—the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities—and human rights treaty-monitoring bodies which reported on their work to promote respect for human rights to the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. In addition, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the assistance of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights, carried out the programme of advisory services in human rights, which in 1996 implemented some 402 activities compared to 215 in 1995.


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