With the adoption of extensive human rights standards and their
wide acceptance by States and the international community, the time
has come to emphasise the implementation of these standards at both
national and international levels. International financial
institutions and development agencies have a special role to play
in this respect, considering the influence and the resources at
their disposal. Increasingly, they are acknowledging this duty, not
only as a service to human rights but more so in recognition of the
contribution which human rights and democracy, and so by extension
good governance and accountability, make to political stability and
This volume is the result of a Workshop on the Inspection Panel
which was organised in Lund by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of
Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and co-sponsored by the World
Bank. Its purpose is to look for common ground in areas of mutual
interest and to offer a substantive collection of ideas which can
prove useful for the future work of the Inspection Panel and
similar institutions. Such undertakings must include human rights
education and training for the officialdom of national governments
and international organisations, as well as for the individuals and
groups who stand to benefit from the implementation of the
international standards and monitoring exercises, where independent
and impartial experts scrutinise the conduct of national and
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