Have the 2022 elections produced a stronger or a weaker Human Rights Council?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group and Joseph Burke Blog, Blog

On 11 October 2022, the UN General Assembly (GA) in New York convened to elect new members of the Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025. As soon as the votes were cast and members elected, diplomats and civil society representatives, as always, began to ask themselves whether the newly composed Council (which will sit from 1 January next year) …

Guide to the 2021 Human Rights Council Elections

by Mariana Montoya International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, Policy reports

Guide to the 2021 Human Rights Council Elections

The seventh annual yourHRC.org Guide to the Human Rights Council elections provides comprehensive at-a-glance information on the 2021 Council elections (tentatively scheduled to take place in October at the General Assembly in New York), when States from all regions will compete to win seats for new three-year membership terms (2022-2024). In particular, the Guide aims to promote transparency and accountability …

The nature of power and influence at the Human Rights Council: a membership network analysis

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

Why do States run for membership of the Human Rights Council? All UN Member States are, in principle, able to participate in and contribute to the work of the Council, either as a member or an observer. So why do some States choose to ‘go the extra mile’ and campaign for a seat on the body? The answer is that …