The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) have developed a joint publication, A new chapter for human rights: a handbook on issues of transition from the Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights Council. The handbook highlights the major issues of transition from the Commission on Human Rights to the new Human Rights Council. It briefly describes the old system under the Commission, what the Council needs to consider and do during its first year, and some of the key issues, and existing suggestions and choices. The handbook also identifies the main questions around each of these issues to generate discussion and reflection on what NGOs and defenders hope can be achieved through the system, what features they think would be useful, and better options. The handbook is supplemented by a series of annexes containing key documents, compilations and tables of information that may be useful to readers. The handbook is available on ISHR’s website, www.ishr.ch.
You can download the entire handbook or individual chapters and the annexes at www.ishr.ch/handbook.