The study entitled “In Defence of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council: An Alternative Narrative From the South” offers a tribute from the South to the mechanism of the Special Procedures Mandate-Holders, whether they operate as individuals or in Working Groups, whether they come from a Western or from another background. The study firstly assesses the current weaknesses of the mechanism and, secondly, devises innovative solutions aimed at addressing some of the challenges faced by the Special Procedures. It discusses opportunities and challenges for the promotion of transparency, independence, impartiality and accountability of the Human Rights Council Special Procedures in order to strengthen their role and authority.

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This publication consists of figures and charts portraying, in a quantitative fashion, the Arab Group’s and Arab States’ contributions to the work of the Human Rights Council during the three regular sessions (25th, 26th and 27th) and the three special sessions (20th, 21st and 22nd) of the 2014 Human Rights Council. It also reviews the activities of individual Arab states during the 18th and 19th sessions of the Universal Periodic Review. The research aims at giving the maximum statistical information for each agenda item addressed during the Human Rights Council based on data collected from the official reports of the Council as well as from the official UNHRC website. It seeks to provide an accurate reflection of the overall participation of the Arab Group and Arab States as well as of other groups and organizations represented in the Council.

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