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Widespread human rights violations are increasingly recognized as early warning signs of emerging conflict. In those cases, it is crucial for relevant actionable information to reach the diplomats focused on the Security Council, the only UN body with the mandate and means to prevent the breakout of conflict before it is too late.

The Human Rights Likeminded Office can aggregate relevant information on human rights violations for diplomats in the Security Council, as they discuss flash-points of violence, as well as thematic topics such as women and peace and security, or children and armed conflict. HRLO could also support the mainstreaming of a human rights based approach in discussions on the implementation of the new agenda on sustaining peace. HRLO could help bridge the gap between diplomats working on peace and security and those working on human rights, as well as between the relevant UN bodies focused on those respective issues.

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

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