URG team

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? Does their voting record and leadership on resolutions indicate that they did indeed strive to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights around the world – as expected under GA resolution 60/251?

‘The Human Rights Council in 2021’ report aims to provide, inter alia:

  • A written analysis of the main events and development at the Council in 2021.
  • Data on the quantitative evolution of the Council’s work in 2021, as well as since the body’s establishment in 2006. This includes the number of resolutions adopted; the number of voted resolutions; the number of ‘hostile amendments;’ levels of cooperation with the Council’s mechanism; the substantive focus of the Council’s work and output – by agenda item and by theme; the geographic reach of the Council’s resolutions; and the budgetary implications of its work.
  • Infographics showing the global reach and influence of the mechanisms of the Council and the OHCHR.
  • An in-depth analysis of the contribution of all current Council member States, against the criteria for membership set down in GA resolution 60/251. This includes an analysis of their cooperation with the Special Procedures, UPR and Treaty Bodies, their voting records in 2021, and their principal sponsorship on key thematic and country-specific issues.

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