Sur. Revista Internacional de Direitos Humanos
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VILLAN DURAN, Carlos. Lights and shadows of the new United Nations Human Rights Council. Sur, Rev. int. direitos human. [online]. 2006, vol.3, n.5, pp. 6-17. ISSN 1806-6445. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-64452006000200002.
The Human Rights Council was founded with a provisional status, since only within the period of a year will it decide on the future of the system of special procedures, the individual complaints procedure through extra-conventional protection mechanisms and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Some decisions, however, have already been taken, such as the creation of a "universal periodic review mechanism" that will serve to evaluate the human rights situation in all countries. Furthermore, some additional changes relating to the new Council also need to be made. To ensure that NGOs keep their advisory status, articles 68 and 71 of the UN Charter need to be amended, while permanent observer status in the Human Rights Council should be granted the seven committees created by international treaties.
Keywords : Human Rights Council; Commission on Human Rights; Reform of the United Nations.