State Human Rights Councils
The State Human Rights Councils aim at ensuring the participation and open debate among the various social actors in defense of the human rights. Their responsibilities, similar to those of the National Council for Human Rights, are: the promotion of measures necessary for the prevention, suppression, penalization and compensation of conducts and situations that are contrary to human rights and establishing the respective responsibilities; giving special attention to areas of higher occurrence of human rights violations, in which representative offices of the council can be installed for as long as necessary; commenting, through resolutions agreed on by the absolute majority of its members, on crimes that should be considered human rights violations of exceptional gravity due to their characteristics and effects in order to monitor measures necessary to their verification, process and trial.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- only backed by a governmental program or policy
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- civil society
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision