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Vincent Ploton

Vincent Ploton is the director of development and treaty body advocacy at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva. He has worked and engaged with an array of international and regional human-rights mechanisms for the past 10 years in Geneva and the field. These include UN treaty bodies such as the Committee against Torture, Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture, Human Rights Committee and Committee on the Rights of the Child. Previously, Ploton worked in the humanitarian field in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He speaks English, French and Spanish and received a master's degree from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and a degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et Développement in Lyon. @vploton

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As Volker Turk, the new United Nations high commissioner for human rights, is in his second month in office, it’s a good moment to take stock of his early moves. Turk’s predecessors have all upheld the dominant UN discourse on …

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When recently asked what keeps him up at night, António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, gave a straight answer: bureaucracy as well as “fragmented structures, byzantine procedures, endless red tape.” Such flaws also apply to UN human-rights mechanisms, and Guterres …

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