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FOCUS June 2012 Volume Vol. 68

International Pressure


International pressure, with international media support, can force governments to take action on specific human rights violations. It can make governments admit the existence of such human rights violations, or hold those responsible for the violations accountable.
But the more “regular” international pressure may not have the same impact. International pressure arising from conclusions, recommendations, general comments and resolutions of the human rights bodies of the United Nations
(UN) needs assistance to create national impact.
Outside the halls of the UN and beyond the circle of human rights organizations lobbying in the UN, much of the analyses and recommendations by the human rights bodies for better promotion and protection of human rights remain unknown to the people who should benefit from them.
Government action on the conclusions, recommendations, general comments and resolutions of the UN human rights bodies depends on national pressure. Unless they suffer from massive repression that provides little space for action, people at the national level should be able to assert the pressure on their respective governments.
It is thus imperative on the part of the organizations involved in UN human rights lobby to bring this international pressure from UN human rights bodies to the domestic sphere.