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In 2006, the then UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, called on the Council to lead the international community from “the era of declaration” to “the era of implementation.” As the Council marks its 10th, and the two human rights Covenants their 50th anniversaries, there are important signs that UN Member States are increasingly turning their attention to ...


Candidates for the post of UN secretary-general: Where do they stand on human rights?

by the URG team
During the summer of 2016, the URG conducted a human rights-based assessment of the candidates competing to fill the post of UN Secretary-General. A new ...

Towards the third cycle of the UPR: stick or twist?

by Subhas Gujadhur and Marc Limon
In 2005, Heads of State meeting at the UN’s World Summit resolved to create the Human Rights Council and asked the President of the General ...

The Human Rights Council in 2015

2015 will be remembered for many important initiatives and developments, from the body’s work to support human rights in Sri Lanka to the creation of a ...

Human rights, climate change and cross-border displacement: the role of the international human rights community in contributing to effective and just solutions

by Jane McAdam (University of New South Wales) and Marc Limon (URG)
The links between climate change and human rights are more widely accepted than ever before. The Human Rights Council has adopted a series of resolutions ...

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Does the UPR give a Voice to the Voiceless?

by Edward R. McMahon, University of Vermont, USA

One of the leading human rights defender organisations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is called ‘Voice of the Voiceless.’ And those who lack the influence and resources to resist oppression are, in fact, those who need the protection of the international community the most. The Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was ...

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Report on the 25th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent situation in Aleppo

by the URG team

On 21 October 2016, in view of the on-going human rights crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic – and in particular – the recent deteriorating situation in Aleppo, the Human Rights Council convened a special session on ‘the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent situation in Aleppo.’   The meeting ...

Are we seeing a new human rights ‘implementation agenda’?

by H.E. Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, 10th President of the Human Rights Council

Note: This article is based on a speech delivered by Ambassador CHOI Kyonglim, President of the Human Rights Council, on Monday 17th October 2016, at an event hosted by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, supported by the Universal Rights Group, to mark the launch of the report of the third Glion Human Rights Dialogue. ...

Decolonization — not western liberals —established human rights on the global agenda

by Steven L. B. Jensen

Human rights scholarship and advocacy claim to be grounded in universality, yet both are anything but in their privileging the Western role in building an international human rights system. A paradox sits at the heart of the human rights movement. For decades it has made strong claims about the universality of human rights but then proceeded ...

¿Dará António Guterres prioridad a los derechos humanos?

by Mariana Montoya

El proceso de selección y nombramiento del futuro Secretario General de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) entró en su etapa final el pasado 6 de Octubre, cuando el Consejo de Seguridad aprobó (por aclamación) la resolución 2311 (2016) recomendando a la Asamblea General nombrar a António Guterres para este cargo. El siguiente paso, ...

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