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This article attempts to explore how changes in the UN's mission may force it to rethink its responsibilities in terms of human rights. Until recently, the UN had never thought of itself as actually capable of violating human rights. But a number of evolutions have made this a possibility. Starting with peace operations and culminating with the international administration of entire territories, the UN is increasingly taking on sovereign-like functions. This evolution may be seen as a larger metaphor for what the UN is becoming, from a traditional inter-governmental organization to one increasingly entrusted with tasks of global governance. With these new powers, it would seem, come new responsibilities.