Human Rights Council

ABOUT

The United Nations Human Rights Council, replacing the former United Nations Human Rights Commission, is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations framework with 47 member-States, and its responsibility is to promote and protect all human rights on a global scale. It was established in 2006 and its Seat is at the UN offices at Geneva, Switzerland. As Ban Ki-moon stated, “all victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.”

The Council addresses topics and debates that range from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and various case-studies on countries such as North Korea and Kyrgyzstan to important thematic issues such as freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion, women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, and the rights of racial and ethnic minorities.

The UNHRC’s resolutions and reports are documents of high prestige and great validity, and they constitute important arguments in the political dialogue of governments, international organisations and civil society, while they push for the visibility of oppressed people and for the debate on social progress around the world.

 

TOPICS

1. Strengthening Human Rights of Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Conflict-Ridden Regions
2. Indigenous societies: protecting cultural diversity and integration in modern societies – dilemmas, problems, reasons, and proposals.

STUDY GUIDES

Human Rights Council – Topic 1

Human Rights Council – Topic 2

CHAIRPERSONS

ALEXANDROS APOSTOLIDIS

Ioana VOINA

 

Human Rights Countrymatrix

COUNTRIES
Albania
Algeria
Bangladesh
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Botswana
China
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
Cuba
Ecuador
El Salvador
Ethiopia
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Maldives
Mexico
Mongolia
Morocco
Namibia
Netherlands
Nigeria
Panama
Paraguay
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Slovenia
South Africa
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Vietnam