Quick summary During the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Third Committee, tasked with addressing human rights issues and concerns, ran from 5 October - 20 November at UN Headquarters in New York, and online (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). This year’s Third Committee featured presentations by…

Time for the Human Rights Council to strengthen its focus on democracy and free and fair elections

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16 November 2020, Geneva US diplomats are said to be horrified by the refusal of President Donald Trump, and senior Republicans from inside and outside the administration, to recognise the results of the 3 November 2020 presidential elections, their refusal to sign off on – for the moment – a…

The pandemic, prevention and politics: the High Commissioner and HRC President highlight cross-cutting human rights work at the Third Committee

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As part of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, both the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council gave statements to the Third Committee. Statements, and the interactive dialogues with member States that followed, were conducted virtually and not without the occasional…

The dangers of Trump’s attacks on American democracy – and the need to reinvigorate that democracy based on rights

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On the night of the US Presidential election, as predicted, no winner could be called, with millions of ballots yet to be counted in key battleground states. An impatient President Donald Trump began tweeting that he had won and that his win was being taken from him. As the days…

What will US foreign policy look like under President Joe Biden?

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Those listening to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech over the weekend would have heard him make a fleeting reference to his vision for resetting US foreign policy and renewing America’s global leadership. “Tonight,” he said, “the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best, America is a beacon…

Report on the 75th session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

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Realizing rights, changing lives: The impact of the United Nations human rights system on the enjoyment of children's rights

January 1970

Guide to the 2020 Human Rights Council Elections

January 1970

7th meeting of the Istanbul Process

January 1970

A World Made New: Beyond COVID-19 to a low-carbon, resilient and inclusive world

January 1970

OSLO+1 - International support for the national implementation of UN human rights recommendations, including as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

January 1970

Policy or aspiration: shedding light on the current status of the UN's Human Rights Up Front initiative

January 1970

Eight years of the Istanbul process on combatting religions intolerance: Taking stock

October 2019

Guide to the Human Rights Council 2019 Elections

January 1970

Emergency and non-Emergency Support for Environmental Defenders: Pilot project in Colombia

by Universal Rights Group, Environmental Investigation Agency, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

January 1970

Vision 2021: What is the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review, and how might the Human Rights Council usefully contribute?

January 1970

Identificando y superando los riesgos, amenazas y desafíos que enfrentan quienes defienden el medio ambiente en América Latina

January 1970

Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

by Angela Barkhouse, Hugo Hoyland and Marc Limon

April 2018

Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

by Marc Limon (URG)

January 1970

Derechos Humanos y Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible - Alcanzando sinergias

January 1970

The Human Rights Council in 2017

January 1970

Defensores de Derechos Humanos Ambientales: Una crisis global

by John Knox - Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas para los derechos humanos y el medio ambiente

January 1970

Operationalizing the Council's 'prevention' mandate (Glion IV)

by the URG team

January 1970

The march of universality? Religion-based reservations to the core UN human rights treaties

by Mariana Montoya Pineda; Basak Çali

January 1970

6th meeting of the Istanbul Process

by The URG team

February 2017

Media coverage of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016

January 1970

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

by Subhas Gujadhur (URG) and Marc Limon (URG)

January 1970