Sibling rivalry? Measuring and understanding the uneasy relationship between the Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the GA

by the URG team Beyond the Council, Blog, Blog, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

A comparative analysis of Council and Third Committee resolutions The relationship between the Third Committee of the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council sometimes appears not dissimilar to that of two brothers. Like brothers, for the most part, these two key UN human rights bodies get on well, with both understanding that they are part of the same family …

Report on the 26th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Human Rights situation in South Sudan

by the URG team International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, URG Human Rights Council Reports

On Wednesday 14 December, in view of the deteriorating humanitarian situation and ‘grave human rights crisis’ in South Sudan, a Special Session was convened on ‘the human rights situation in South Sudan.’ [1] The Special Session was requested, via an official letter on 9 December 2016, written by H.E. Ambassador Filloreta Kodra of Albania, H.E. Ambassador Juan Esteban Aguirre Martinez of Paraguay, H.E. Ambassador Julian …

Brexit, the US Presidential Election, and ‘Post-Truth’ politics at the UN: a common thread?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group and the URG team Beyond the Council, Blog, Blog

Friday 18th November 2016, UN headquarters, New York On 15th November Oxford English Dictionaries declared ‘post-truth’ to be its international word of the year. Defined by the dictionary as an adjective ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,’ Oxford Dictionaries said use of the …

UN takes important strides to build new human rights ‘Implementation Agenda’

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group, Mariana Montoya and the URG team Blog, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

As is well known, since 1948 the UN has debated and set a wide canopy of universal human rights norms. Through the Universal Declaration, the two Covenants, and various human rights conventions, optional protocols, guidelines, and resolutions, the international community has produced thousands of words across hundreds of documents, stipulating, in some detail, what States should do to better promote …

The Human Rights Council’s relationships with the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council

by the URG team, Emmanuel Bichet and Stephanie Rutz Policy reports

The Human Rights Council’s relationships with the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council

As the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) celebrates it tenth anniversary in 2016, this policy paper aims to provide an overview of the institutional issues relating to its status as a subsidiary body within the UN system. In light of its subsidiary status, the paper explores the Council’s synergies and interactions with its parent body – the …

Are we seeing a shift from ‘the era of declaration’ to the ‘era of implementation’ at the Human Rights Council?

by Mr. Eric Tistounet, Chief, Human Rights Council Branch, OHCHR and the URG team Blog, By invitation

Note: This article is based on a speech delivered by Mr. Eric Tistounet, Chief of the OHCHR Human Rights Council Branch, 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 . The views expressed are the author’s own, and do not …

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 International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, URG Human Rights Council Reports

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 was requested, via an official letter on 18 October 2016  written by …

Report on the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team URG Human Rights Council Reports

Quick summary  The 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC33) was held from 13 September to 30 September 2016. At the opening of the session, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, gave his regular update on the global human rights situation. A number of high-level dignitaries delivered statements during HRC33, including: Mr Evo …

Report on the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, URG Human Rights Council Reports

Quick summary  The 32nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC32) was held from 13 June 2016 to 8 July 2016. HRC32 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Council.  At the opening of the session, statements were delivered by Mr Choi Kyonglim, President of the Human Rights Council, Mr Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign …