The key human rights priorities of world governments at HRC55: an analysis of the High-Level Segment

by Geneva High level segment, Human Rights Council reports

The 3-day High-Level Segment of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council, held from 26 to 28 February 2024, saw the active participation of around  130  high-level dignitaries and officials, including 2 heads or deputy heads of State, 8 heads or deputy heads of government, and 105 ministers or vice-ministers, as well as representatives from international organisations. The President of the Human Rights Council H.E. …

The Human Rights Council in 2022

by Geneva Policy reports

The Human Rights Council in 2022

What were the main developments, achievements and flash-points at the Human Rights Council in 2022? What were the Council’s principle outputs and what kind of impact did the body and its mechanisms have on the on-the-ground enjoyment of human rights? Did members of the Council cooperate with the international human rights mechanisms, and with OHCHR, over the past twelve months? …

The Human Rights Council in 2021

by Geneva Policy reports

The Human Rights Council in 2021

What were the main developments, achievements and flash-points at the Human Rights Council in 2021? What were the Council’s principle outputs and what kind of impact did the body and its mechanisms have on the on-the-ground enjoyment of human rights? Did members of the Council cooperate with the international human rights mechanisms, and with OHCHR, over the past twelve months? …

Building a coherent Human Rights Council-Security Council relationship

by the URG team Policy reports, Prevention, accountability and justice

Building a coherent Human Rights Council-Security Council relationship

In her first address to the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) Third Committee as High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2018, Michelle Bachelet urged States to remember that ‘the human rights system is not a Cassandra, correctly predicting crises yet unable to prevent them. It is a force for prevention. When it is backed by the political will of key …

The Human Rights Council in 2019

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The Human Rights Council in 2019

‘The Human Rights Council in 2019’ report aims to provide, inter alia: A written analysis of the main events and development at the Council in 2019. Data on the quantitative evolution of the Council’s work in 2019, as well as since the body’s establishment in 2006. This includes the number of resolutions adopted; the number of voted resolutions; the number …

Guide to the 2019 UN Human Rights Council Elections.

Guide to the Human Rights Council 2019 Elections

by the URG team Policy reports

Guide to the Human Rights Council 2019 Elections

On Monday 23 September 2019, the Permanent Mission of Norway and the Universal Rights Group (URG) hosted a lunch reception to mark the launch of the  yourHRC.org  Guide to the 2019 UN Human Rights Council Elections. The report is the fifth annual  yourHRC.org  Guide to the UN Human Rights Council Elections. It provides general information on the 2019 Council elections (scheduled for 16 October at the GA in New York), when …

Moving from pledge to practice – Australia’s efforts to support civil society at the Human Rights Council

by Ms Elizabeth Wilde, Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN in Geneva By invitation, Human Rights Council membership, Human rights implementation and impact, Human rights institutions and mechanisms, Thematic human rights issues

When Australia presented its candidacy for election to the Human Rights Council in 2015, we acknowledged the crucial role that a strong and robust civil society plays in preserving and advancing human rights. We pledged that, if elected, we would promote civil society participation opportunities at the Council, and advocate for the protection of journalists, human rights defenders and civil society …

Report on the 73rd session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Human rights implementation and impact, Human rights institutions and mechanisms, Special Procedures, UN General Assembly/Third Committee

Quick summary The Third Committee of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (GA) was held 2 October 2018 through 20 November 2018, at the UN Secretariat in New York. This Third Committee featured presentations by a number of senior UN officials, including H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for human …

Is the US flirting with the Human Rights Council?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group and Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Human rights implementation and impact, Human rights institutions and mechanisms

Friday 9th November 2018, New York and Geneva Events over the past week hold out the tantalizing possibility that the US, which walked away from the Human Rights Council in June, is now, if not yet fully regretting its decision, at least flirting with the Council and its mechanisms and, more importantly, flirting with the idea of getting back together. …

Reporte de la sesión 39 del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

by the URG team Human rights institutions and mechanisms

Sumario rápido El 39º período ordinario de sesiones del Consejo de Derechos Humanos (  HRC39  ) se celebró del lunes 10 de septiembre al viernes 28 de septiembre de 2018. El 10 de septiembre, la Sra. Michelle Bachelet, presentó  su primera actualización oral   sobre la situación global de los derechos humanos  como nueva Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos. Un número de dignatarios pronunciaron declaraciones durante la sesión,  incluyendo, entre otros, el …