Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. Part 2, Human Rights. Chapter 1, Promotion of human rights
In 2003, human rights were promoted through legally binding instruments and the Commission on Human Rights and its subsidiary body, the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights continued its human rights coordination and implementation activities, and provided advisory services and technical cooperation. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, adopted by the General Assembly in 1990, entered into force on 1 July, following the deposit of the twentieth instrument of ratification or accession. The First Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention (New York, 11 December) met to elect the members of the Convention's monitoring body, the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Other monitoring bodies of human rights instruments promoted civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and aimed to eliminate racial discrimination and discrimination against women, to protect children and to end the practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. On Human Rights Day, 10 December, the Assembly marked the tenth anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, and the fifty-fifth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In view of the fact that human rights education was a long-term process, the High Commissioner presented guidelines for the development of a second decade to follow on from the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004). Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose four-year term of office as High Commissioner for Human Rights began on 12 September 2002, died in Baghdad in a terrorist attack on UN headquarters on 19 August, while serving as the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq for a four-month assignment, which began on 1 June (see p. 346).
UN - UN. General Assembly - UN. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - UN. Commission on Human Rights - HUMAN RIGHTS - TREATIES - CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS - ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS - RACIAL DISCRIMINATION - TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL TREATMENT - WOMEN'S STATUS - GENDER DISCRIMINATION - WOMEN'S RIGHTS - RIGHTS OF THE CHILD - MIGRANT WORKERS - GENOCIDE - HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. v. 57; Vol. 57
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