The Like Minded Group (LMG): Speaking truth to power

by Amr Essam, 2nd Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN in Geneva and the URG team Blog, By invitation, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

When, in 2005, the UN General Assembly agreed on the geographical segmentation of the membership of the new Human Rights Council, it was widely believed that developing countries would enjoy an ‘automatic majority’ in the newly established body and thus that the priorities and concerns of the global South would be adequately reflected and addressed. This theoretical disposition did not …