Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring

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Chapter XXII
NORMS APPLICABLE TO
UN HUMAN RIGHTS
OFFICERS AND OTHER
STAFF

Key concepts
While they are within the country of operations, HROs remain at all times
members of the operation and representatives of the UN regardless of
whether they are working/on duty or not.HROs should:
be aware of and be bound by UN human rights norms, and promote their
observance;
respect the basic principles of human rights monitoring set forth in Chapter V:
“Basic Principles of Monitoring”;
be informed about the social customs in the country of operation, and respect them;
be informed of expected standards regarding their job performance and appropriate
behaviour in field operations;
be able to discuss, compromise and communicate well with others;
avoid sexist or other discriminatory attitudes in dealing with co-workers and the
people of the country of operation;
recognize that they are part of a much larger operation and that they cannot determine
policy by themselves;
always avoid criticizing the human rights operation or any of its staff members to any
person who is not a staff member; and
be respectful of the important contribution that all personnel fellow officers, UN
volunteers, seconded staff, support staff, national staff, etc. are making to the
overall effort of the human rights operation.

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