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Manual on Conducting a National Inquiry into Systemic Patterns of Human Rights Violations

Manual on Conducting a National Inquiry into Systemic Patterns of Human Rights Violations

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By the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
By the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

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Published by: Global Human Rights Academy on May 10, 2013
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Manual on Conductinga National Inquiry intoSystemic Patterns of Human Rights Violation
 
Note
 The designations employed and the presentation o the material in this publication do not imply theexpression o any opinion whatsoever on the part o the APF or RWI concerning the legal status o any country, territory, city or area, or o its authorities, or concerning the delimitation o its rontiers orboundaries.ISBN 978-0-9873578-4-7 (APF print)ISBN 978-0-9873578-5-4 (APF electronic)ISBN 91-86910-98-1 (RWI)
Manual on Conducting a National Inquiry into Systemic Patterns of Human Rights Violation
© Copyright Asia Pacifc Forum o National Human Rights Institutions and Raoul Wallenberg Institute o Human Rights and Humanitarian Law September 2012 The APF and RWI permit the ree reproduction o extracts rom this publication provided that dueacknowledgement is given and a copy o the publication carrying the extract is sent to the ollowingaddresses: Asia Pacifc Forum o National Human Rights InstitutionsGPO Box 5218Sydney NSW 1042 AustraliaRaoul Wallenberg Institute o Human Rights and Humanitarian LawBox 1155SE-221 05 LundSweden
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UN Photo by Martine Perret.
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UN Photo by John Isaac.
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Human Rights Commission o Malaysia.
 
Manual on Conducting a National Inquiry into Systemic Patterns of Human Rights Violation
 
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Contents
 Acknowledgements iiForeword iii Abbreviations ivIntroduction or users v
Chapter 1:National human rights institutions and national inuiries 1Chapter 2:The concept o a national inuir 5Chapter 3:Choose the issue 13Chapter 4:Prepare a background (scoping) paper 17Chapter 5:Identi, consult and engage stakeholders 23Chapter 6:Drat objectives and the terms o reerence 29Chapter 7:Appoint Inuir Commissioners and sta 35Chapter 8:Gather other resources 41Chapter 9:Finalize an inuir plan 43Chapter 10:Obtain inormation: Research and evidence 45Chapter 11:Conduct public hearings 49Chapter 12:Develop recommendations 61Chapter 13:Prepare the report 65Chapter 14:Release the report 73Chapter 15:Follow up 77Chapter 16:Evaluate 81
Summar 84Materials on national inuiries 89
Case studies 91
1987–89 National Inuir into Homeless Children Australian Human Rights and Eual Opportunit Commission 911991–93 National Inuir into Human Rights and Mental Illness Australian Human Rights and Eual Opportunit Commission 941995–97 National Inuir into the Separation o Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander Children rom Their Families Australian Human Rights and Eual Opportunit Commission 982003–04 National Inuir on the Right to Health CareNational Human Rights Commission o India 1022003–05 National Inuir into Accessible Public Land TransportNew Zealand Human Rights Commission 1062005–06 National Inuir on Freedom rom TortureNational Human Rights Commission o Mongolia 111

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