Report of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on its 34th session.

1982/22. Report of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on its thirty-fourth session[1]86

The Commission on Human Rights, Bearing in mind General Assembly resolution 36/135 of 14 December 1981, Having considered the report of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on its thirty-fourth session,[2]87 Sharing the view expressed by the Sub-Commission in its resolution 12 (XXXIV) that the number and scale of violations of human rights in many parts of the world make it essential for the United Nations to develop effective ways and means of responding urgently to violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Recognizing the desirability that major decisions concerning the organization and operation of the United Nations system for the promotion and protection of human rights be adopted on the basis of a consensus which takes account of different views expressed by Member States, in order to ensure their effectiveness,

1. Requests the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to formulate a first study on possible terms of reference for the mandate of a High Commissioner for Human Rights, taking into account the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and of pertinent international instruments concluded under United Nations auspices, the concepts contained in General Assembly resolution 32/130 of 16 December 1977, as well as the practice of the United Nations system for the promotion and protection of human rights, and to submit its proposals to the Commission on Human Rights at its thirty-ninth session;

2. Decides to resume consideration of the question of the establishment of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at its thirty-ninth, session under the item "Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission; alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms", with a view to examining further steps to be taken in this regard.



[1]86 Adopted at the 56th meeting on 10 March 1982, by a roll-call vote of 29 to 8, with 6 abstentions. See chap. XVIII. [2]87 E/CN.4/1512.
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