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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Background information on the Advisory Committee

Pursuant to Council resolution 5/1 paragraphs 65 to 84, the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee has been established to function as a think-tank for the Council and work at its direction. The Committee held its first meeting in August 2008. It meets twice a year, for one week in February immediately before the March session of the Council and for one week in August.

Mandate & Functions

  • The Advisory Committee provides expertise to the Council in the manner and form requested by it. It mainly focuses on studies and research-based advice.
  • The Committee may also propose within the scope of the work set out by the Council, for the latter’s consideration and approval, suggestions for further research proposals.
  • In its work, the Committee should be implementation-oriented and the scope of its advice should be limited to thematic issues pertaining to the mandate of the Council, namely promotion and protection of all human rights.
  • It shall not adopt resolutions or decisions.

Membership

The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts from different professional backgrounds representing the various regions of the world (5 from African States; 5 from Asian States; 2 from Eastern European States; 3 from Latin American and Caribbean States, and 3 from Western European and other States). Experts are nominated by Governments and elected by the Council. Elections normally take place at the September session of the Council.

At the twenty-seventh session in September 2014, elections were held for seven seats, two from African States, two from Asian States, one from Eastern European States, one from Latin American and Caribbean States and one from Western European and other States.

Members serve for a period of three years and may be re-elected once. Their term of membership starts on 1 October of the year of their election.
The present composition of the Advisory Committee - with an indication of the expiration of the term of membership in brackets - is as follows:
Saeed Mohamed Al Faihani (Bahrain, 2015); Mohamed Bennani (Morocco, 2017); Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (France, 2017); Mario Luis Coriolano (Argentina, 2015); Laura Craciunean (Romania, 2017); Hoda Elsadda (Egypt, 2016); Karla Hananía de Varela (El Salvador 2016); Mikhail Lebedev (Russian Federation, 2016); Alfred Ntunduguru Karokora (Uganda, 2016); Kaoru Obata (Japan, 2016); Obiora Chinedu Okafor (Nigeria, 2017); Katharina Pabel (Austria, 2015); Anantonia Reyes Prado (Guatemala, 2017); Changrok Soh (Republic of Korea, 2017); Ahmer Bilal Soofi (Pakistan, 2017); Imeru Tamrat Yigezu (Ethiopia, 2015); Yishan Zhang (China, 2016) and Jean Ziegler (Switzerland, 2016).

Current mandates

  • Human rights in post-disaster and post-conflict situations

Council resolution 22/16 mandated the Committee to prepare a research-based report on best practices and main challenges in the promotion and protection of human rights in post-disaster and post-conflict situations, to be presented to the Council at its 28th session in March 2015. A progress report is to be submitted to the Council at its 26th session in June 2014. For the purposes of preparation of the report the Committee is encouraged to seek the views and inputs of member States, relevant international and regional organizations, representatives of civil society, as well as to take into account the practice of relevant UN bodies and mechanisms. The resolution is based on the Council’s mandate to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms that are often affected in different ways by humanitarian crises, as acknowledged by the resolution.

The concept paper of the research initiative on human rights and humanitarian action, presented by Ms. Quisumbing at the 9th session of the Committee, provides a general outline focusing on good practices and challenges of promotion and protection of human rights in post-disaster and post-conflict situations, particularly on the way these situations affect human dignity, civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights, and the realisation of principle of non-discrimination. The rights of vulnerable groups and the effectiveness of existing remedies are also mentioned in the paper.

At the eleventh session of the Committee in August 2013, representatives of OHCHR made presentations on this issue to Committee members. At the same session, the Committee established a drafting group tasked with the drafting of the report and designated the following experts as members of the drafting group: Mr. Latif Hüseynov, Ms. Katharina Pabel, Ms. Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing (Rapporteur), Ms. Anantonia Reyes Prado (Chairperson) and Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu, as well as Ms. Chung Chinsung and Mr. Vladimir Kartashkin, whose term ended on 30 September 2013. Subsequently, Mr. Kaoru Obata and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi also joined the drafting group.

In line with Council resolution 22/16, requesting the Committee to seek the views and inputs of different stakeholders, questionnaires were prepared and disseminated by the Committee in September 2013 to Governments, NHRIs and civil society.

At its twelfth session in February 2014, the Committee decided to appoint Ms. Anantonia Reyes Prado as Rapporteur and Mr. Latif Hüseynov as Chairperson of the drafting group. The Committee also decided to recommend to the Human Rights Council that it extend the time schedule envisaged to allow for better informed work by re-circulating the questionnaires to seek the views and inputs of the various stakeholders, and that the Advisory Committee be requested to submit its progress report to the Council at its twenty-seventh session and a final report at its twenty-eighth session. At its twenty-sixth session in June 2014, the Council acceded to the Committee’s request to extend the time for presentation of the progress and final reports.

The progress report was accordingly submitted to the twenty-seventh session of the Council.

At its thirteenth session, Ms. Karla Hananía de Varela joined the drafting group and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was elected as Chairperson of the drafting group. The Committee also requested the drafting group to finalize its report to the Council in the light of discussion held by the Advisory Committee during the latest session after circulating it to all members of the Advisory Committee for approval electronically, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eight session.

  • Negative impact of corruption on human rights

Council resolution 23/9, adopted in June 2013, focuses on the results of the panel discussion on the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights that was convened during its March session. The resolution mandates the Committee to prepare a research-based report on this matter containing recommendations on how the Council and its subsidiary bodies should consider this issue and to submit it to the Council at its twenty-sixth session in June 2014.

For the purpose of preparation of this report the Committee is requested to seek the views and inputs of member States, relevant international and regional organizations dealing with the issue of corruption, as well as NHRIs, civil society and relevant academic institutions. The Committee is also requested to take into account the specific mandate of the Council and that of the competent UN bodies and mechanisms when elaborating the report.

At its eleventh session in August 2013, the Committee established a drafting group tasked with the drafting of the report and designated the following experts as members of the drafting group: Mr. Saeed Mohamed Al Faihani, Ms. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Mr. Mario Luis Coriolano, Mr. Latif Hüseynov, Mr. Alfred Ntunduguru Karokora, Mr. Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Ms. Katharina Pabel (Rapporteur), Ms. Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing, Ms. Anantonia Reyes Prado, Mr. Dheerujlall Seetulsingh and Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu (Chairperson), as well as Mr. Shigeki Sakamoto and Ms. Mona Zulficar, whose term ended on 30 September 2013. Subsequently, Ms. Hoda Elsadda and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi also joined the drafting group.

In line with Council resolution 23/9, requesting the Committee to seek the views and inputs of different stakeholders, questionnaires were prepared and disseminated by the Committee in September 2013 to Governments, NHRIs, NGOs and Academia.

At its twelfth session in February 2014, the Advisory Committee recommended that the Human Rights Council extend the time schedule envisaged to allow for better informed work, inter alia, by analysing the numerous recently received responses to the questionnaire, and that the Advisory Committee be requested to submit an interim report to the Council at its twenty-sixth session and a final report at its twenty-eighth session. The interim report was accordingly submitted to the twenty-sixth session of the Council in June 2014 and the Council extended the time for presentation of the final report to its twenty-eighth session.

At its thirteenth session in August 2014, the Committee took note of the draft report and requested the drafting group to finalize its report to the Council in the light of the discussion held by the Advisory Committee at its latest session after circulating it to all members for approval electronically, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eighth session.

  • Promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal

In its resolution 24/1, adopted in September 2013, the Council mandated the Committee to prepare a study on the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them, bearing in mind both the value of relevant principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter and the value of good sporting example, and to present a progress report thereon to the Council before its 27th session (September 2014).

The Committee is also requested to seek the views and inputs of States Members of the United Nations, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders in the course of the elaboration of the report.

At its twelfth session in February 2014, the Committee established a drafting group tasked with the drafting of the report and designated the following experts as members of the drafting group: Mr. Al Faihani, Mr. Coriolano, Mr. Lebedev (Rapporteur), Mr. Seetulsingh (Chairperson) and Mr. Zhang.

The Committee also requested the drafting group to submit a draft progress report to the Advisory Committee, after circulating it to all members of the Advisory Committee for approval electronically, before the thirteenth session of the Committee, with a view to its submission to the Council at its twenty-seventh session, taking into account the replies to the questionnaire distributed after the discussion at the twelfth session of the Committee.

In line with Council resolution 24/1, requesting the Committee to seek the views and inputs of different stakeholders, questionnaires were prepared and disseminated by the Committee in March 2014 to Governments, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders. The Committee also electronically approved the progress report, which was submitted to the twenty-seventh session of the Council.

At its thirteenth session in August 2014, Ms. Hananía de Varela joined the drafting group. The Committee also took note of the progress report submitted to the twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council and recommended that the Human Rights Council request the Advisory Committee to submit a final report to the Council at its thirtieth session.

  • Local government and human rights

Council resolution 24/2, adopted in September 2013, took note of the research proposals made by the Advisory Committee in August 2012 (A/HRC/AC/9/6), which included a research proposal on local government and human rights, presented to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval in accordance with its functions as described in paragraphs 75 to 78 of the annex to Council resolution 5/1. The concept paper of the research initiative on local government and human rights was presented by Ms. Chinsung Chung at the ninth session of the Committee.

In the said resolution, the Council mandated the Committee to prepare a research-based report on the role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights, including human rights mainstreaming in local administration and public services, with a view to compiling best practices and main challenges, and to present a progress report to the twenty-seventh session of the Council (September 2014).

The Committee is also requested to seek the views and inputs of Member States, relevant international and regional organizations, the OHCHR and relevant special procedures, as well as national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations, in order to prepare the above-mentioned research-based report.

The resolution further encourages the Advisory Committee, when elaborating the above-mentioned report, to take into account, as appropriate, the recommendations made by the human rights treaty bodies, at the universal periodic review and by the special procedures, as well as the work done on the issue by relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes within their respective mandates.

At its twelfth session in February 2014, the Committee established a drafting group tasked with the drafting of the report and designated the following experts as members of the drafting group: Mr. Coriolano, Ms. Elsadda, Mr. Hüseynov (Rapporteur), Ms. Reyes Prado, Mr. Seetulsingh (Chairperson) and Mr. Yigezu.

The Committee also requested the drafting group to submit a draft progress report to the Advisory Committee, after circulating it to all members of the Advisory Committee for approval electronically, before the thirteenth session of the Committee, with a view to its submission to the Council at its twenty-seventh session, taking into account the replies to the questionnaire distributed after the discussion at the twelfth session of the Committee.

In line with Council resolution 24/2, requesting the Committee to seek the views and inputs of different stakeholders, questionnaires were prepared and disseminated by the Committee in March 2014 to Governments, local authorities, international and regional organizations, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations.

On 15 May 2014, Mr. Hüseynov (Rapporteur) and Mr. Seetulsingh (Chairperson) participated in a workshop on local government and human rights in Gwangju, South Korea, which was organized by the Korea Human Rights Foundation on the margins of the Fourth World Human Rights Cities Forum.

At its thirteenth session in August 2014, Ms. Pabel joined the drafting group. The Committee also took note of the draft report and approved it as progress report, which was submitted to the twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council. The Committee also recommended that the Human Rights Council request it to submit a final report to the Council at its thirtieth session.

At its twenty-seventh session in September 2014, the Council adopted resolution 27/4, which took note with appreciation of the Committee’s progress report and requested the Advisory Committee to continue its research and to submit a final report on the role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights to the Human Rights Council at its thirtieth session (September 2015). The Council also requested the Committee, when elaborating the final report, to include therein the main challenges faced by local governments in the promotion and protection of human rights, and to make recommendations on tackling those challenges based on best practices in human rights mainstreaming in local administration and public services.

  • Human rights and unilateral coercive measures

In its resolution 24/14, adopted in September 2013, the Council mandated the Committee to prepare a research-based report containing recommendations on mechanisms to assess the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights and to promote accountability, and to present a progress report of the requested research-based report to the twenty-eighth session of the Council (March 2015).

At its twelfth session in February 2014, the Committee established a drafting group tasked with the drafting of the report and designated the following experts as members of the drafting group: Mr. Lebedev, Mr. Okafor, Mr. Soofi, Mr. Yigezu (Rapporteur) and Mr. Ziegler (Chairperson).

The Committee also requested the drafting group to submit a draft progress report to the Advisory Committee at its thirteenth session, taking into account the replies to the questionnaire distributed after the discussion at the twelfth session of the Committee.

In line with Council resolution 24/14, requesting the Committee to seek the views and inputs of different stakeholders, questionnaires were prepared and disseminated by the Committee in March 2014 to Governments, special procedures of the Human Rights Council, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Resolution 24/14 also requests the OHCHR to organize, prior to the twenty-seventh session, a workshop on the impact of the application of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights by the affected populations, in particular their socioeconomic impact on women and children, in the States targeted, and prepare a report on the proceedings of the workshop and to submit it to the twenty-seventh session of the Council (September 2014). The workshop took place on 23 May 2014 in Geneva, with the participation of Mr. Okafor and Mr. Ziegler.

At its thirteenth session, the Committee took note of the draft progress report containing recommendations on mechanisms to assess the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights and to promote accountability submitted by the drafting group. The Committee also requested the drafting group to re-circulate the questionnaire to seek the views and inputs of the various stakeholders that did not respond to the questionnaire, in order to allow for better informed work. The Committee further requested the drafting group to finalize its progress report to the Council in light of the discussion held by the Advisory Committee during its thirteenth session after circulating it to all members for approval electronically, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eighth session (March 2015).

  • Attacks against persons with albinism

In September 2013, the Council adopted resolution 24/33 on technical cooperation for the prevention of attacks against persons with albinism, which underscores the need for effective action to combat and eliminate attacks against persons with albinism and to adopt specific measures to protect and preserve the rights to life and to security of persons with albinism, as well as their right not to be subject to torture and ill-treatment.

In this regard, the Council mandated the Advisory Committee to prepare a study on the situation of human rights of persons living with albinism and to submit a report thereon to the twenty-eighth session of the Council (March 2015).

At its twelfth session in February 2014, the Committee established a drafting group tasked with the drafting of the report and designated the following experts as members of the drafting group: Mr. Al Faihani, Ms. Boisson de Chazournes (Rapporteur), Mr. Coriolano, Mr. Hüseynov, Mr. Obata and Mr. Okafor (Chairperson).

The Committee also requested the drafting group to submit a draft progress report to the Advisory Committee at its thirteenth session, taking into account the replies to the questionnaire distributed after the discussion at the twelfth session of the Committee.

In line with the decision of the drafting group to seek views and inputs from different stakeholders dealing with the issue of the situation of human rights of persons living with albinism, questionnaires were prepared and disseminated by the Committee in March 2014 to Governments, UN treaty bodies, special procedures of the Human Rights Council, OHCHR field presences, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

At its thirteenth session in August 2014, the Advisory Committee took note of the draft report submitted by the drafting group. The Committee requested the drafting group to finalize its report to the Council in the light of the discussion held by the Committee at its latest session, as well as taking into account the outcome of the expert meeting to be organized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with the Organisation international de la Francophonie on 24 September 2014, after circulating it to all members of the Advisory Committee for approval electronically, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eighth session.

  • The activities of vulture funds

In September 2014, the Council adopted resolution 27/30 on the activities of vulture funds, in which it requests the Advisory Committee to prepare a research-based report on the activities of vulture funds and the impact on human rights. The Committee is to present a progress report for the consideration of the Council at its thirty-first session (March 2016).

The Committee is also requested to seek the views and inputs of Member States, United Nations agencies, relevant international and regional organizations, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures, including the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, as well as national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations, in the preparation of the above-mentioned research-based report.

Standing items

  • Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

    HRC resolution 8/5 requested the Committee to pay due attention, within the respective mandates, to the resolution and to make contributions towards its implementation. At its first, second and fourth sessions, the Committee held discussions on the issue.

In its resolution 18/6, the Council established a new special procedures mandate on the matter. The Independent Expert presented his first report to the twenty-first session of the Council (A/HRC/21/45).

  • Integration of a gender perspective

    In its resolution 6/30, the Council requested the Committee to integrate a gender perspective into the implementation of its mandate by providing in reports information on and qualitative analysis of human rights of women and girls. The Committee held discussions on this matter at its second and fourth sessions. At its tenth session, the Vice-Chair of CEDAW, Ms. Violeta Neubauer, briefed the AC about CEDAW’s work in this area.

  • Persons with disabilities

    In its resolution 7/9, the Council encouraged the Committee to integrate the perspective of persons with disabilities in carrying out its work. At its first, second, fourth and tenth sessions, the Committee held discussions on the issue.

  • Research proposals of the Committee

    Pursuant to paragraph 78 of Council resolution 5/1 (institution-building package), the Committee “shall not adopt resolutions or decisions, but may propose to the Council, within the scope of its work as set out by the Council, suggestions for further enhancing its procedural efficiency, as well as further research proposals within the scope of the work set out by the Council”.

    Research proposals emanating from the Committee that have been adopted by the Council for future Committee work, include: Right to Peace, discrimination within the context of the right to food, rights of peasants and rural women. The three mandates on corruption, post-disaster and post-conflict situations and local government also derive from proposals initially made by the Committee.

    At its thirteenth session in August 2014, the Advisory decided to propose for the Council’s consideration and approval the following research proposals: the impact of settler colonialism on human rights; whistleblowing and human rights; the activities of vulture funds and human rights; preserving international water courses to protect the right to life and food; unaccompanied child immigration and human rights.

    At the same session, the Committee also decided to resubmit the following research proposals that had been submitted to the Council at its previous session: the possibility of establishing a universal human rights court: strengthening the current human rights protection system; citizens’ security and human rights ; youth and human rights.


Past mandates and achievements

  • Human rights education and training

    HRC resolution 6/10 mandated the Advisory Committee to elaborate a draft declaration on human rights education and training. At its fourth session in January 2010, the Committee transmitted a draft declaration to the Council. As a result, an intergovernmental working group established by the Council (HRC res. 13/15) was mandated to finalize the work on a declaration based on the Committee’s draft. In December 2011, the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training was endorsed by the General Assembly (GA res. 66/13).

  • Missing Persons

    At its seventh session (March 2008), the Council adopted resolution 7/28, in which it decided to hold a panel discussion on the question of missing persons at its ninth session (September 2008) with the participation of experts of the ICRC, delegates of Governments and NGOs as well as NHRIs and international organizations. At its ninth session, the Council adopted decision 9/101, which requested the Advisory Committee to prepare a study on best practices on the issue of missing persons, which the Committee transmitted to the Council’s sixteenth session (A/HRC/16/70). In its presidential statement 16/1, the Council noted that this recommendation may be addressed in the context of the Council at its future sessions.

  • Leprosy-related Discrimination

    In its resolution 10/62, the Council requested the Advisory Committee to formulate a draft set of principles and guidelines to eliminate discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, and their family members, and to submit it to the Council for its consideration. The Committee designated one of its members to formulate this draft of principles and guidelines which were then accepted by the Council and the General Assembly in September and December 2010 respectively (GA resolution 65/215).

  • Human Rights and International Solidarity

    A mandate has been conferred by Council resolutions 9/2, 12/9 and 15/3 and a first paper prepared by the drafting group on human rights and international solidarity was discussed in January 2011. Two members of the drafting group participated in the workshop (7-8 June 2012) convened by OHCHR pursuant to resolution 18/5, dedicated to exchange views on the gender implications of international solidarity, the impact of a right to international solidarity, the role of international solidarity in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the realization of the right to development.

In its resolution 21/10, the Council took note of the final paper submitted by the Committee (A/HRC/21/66) as an input to the process of elaboration of a draft declaration on the issue. The Council requested the Independent Expert on the issue to submit a report on the implementation of this resolution at its twenty-third session in June 2013.

In its resolution 21/19, the Council took note of the draft declaration on the rights of peasants, and decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group to prepare and submit a draft declaration based on the draft declaration submitted by the Committee. Mr Bengoa Cabello, as Rapporteur of the drafting group, participated in the first session of the working group which was held from 15 to 19 July 2013.

  • Right of Peoples to Peace

    Further to the mandate conferred by the Council (HRC res. 14/3), the Committee submitted a draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace to the twentieth session of the Council. As a result, the Council in its resolution 20/15 established an open-ended intergovernmental working group to negotiate a draft declaration based on the draft declaration submitted by the Committee. The Rapporteur of the Committee’s drafting group, Ms. Zulficar, participated at the first session of the working group, which was held from 18 to 21 February 2013.

  • Traditional values

    In its resolution 16/3, the Council requested the Advisory Committee to prepare a study on how a better understanding and appreciation of traditional values of dignity, freedom and responsibility could contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights, and to present that study to the Council before its twenty-first session.

    The Committee finalized its study on promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind, which was submitted to the Council’s 22nd session (A/HRC/22/71).

  • Terrorist hostage taking

    In resolution 18/10, the Council requested the Committee to prepare a study on the issue of terrorist hostage-taking for the purposes of promoting awareness and understanding, paying particular attention to its impact on human rights and the role of regional and international cooperation in this field. The study was submitted for consideration by the Council at its twenty-fourth session in September 2013 (A/HRC/24/47).

  • Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights

    Further to the mandate conferred by Council resolution 13/23, the Committee submitted its study on the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights to the nineteenth session of the Council (A/HRC/19/74). The Council took note of the study and requested OHCHR to organize a Seminar on the matter (resolution 19/33), which was held on 15 February 2013.

    In its resolution 23/3, adopted in June 2013, the Council highlighted the importance of the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights as an essential condition for the full achievement of the purposes of the United Nations and as an effective and practical contribution to the task of preventing violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In order to assess the progress and drawbacks of international cooperation, it tasked the Committee with the preparation of a more focused and in-depth study on the ways and means to enhance such cooperation. The Committee submitted its report to the Council at its twenty-sixth session in June 2014.


Modalities & Methods of work

Preparation of studies

In order to produce its studies, the Committee usually forms drafting groups consisting of 4-5 members from various regional groups. The drafting group members work closely with each other through face-to-face meetings and internet communication.

Studies are then presented to the plenary of the Committee for successive rounds of discussion and revision. Drafting groups normally present a preliminary report and a progress report before submitting a final study to the Council.

Interaction with various stakeholders

The normal course of action followed in the preparation of studies includes seeking comments and advice from stakeholders, i.e. member States, international organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations through questionnaires.

Member States, civil society organizations and national human rights institutions also participate in the deliberations of the Committee.

At its thirteenth session in August 2014, the Committee decided to hold private meetings in the framework of each of its session with: non-governmental organizations and civil society representatives; the Human Rights Council Bureau and the regional and political coordinators. The Committee also decided to continue its practice of resorting to expertise, such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, non-governmental organizations, academics and other relevant stakeholders, in order to inform the Advisory Committee’s deliberations and work.

Annual report and interactive dialogue

The Chair of the Committee presents the annual report to the Council’s September session. This is followed by an interactive dialogue with States and NGOs.


September 2014

One seat for a member of the Committee from the Group of African States is vacant, following the resignation of Mr Seetulsingh from the Advisory Committee further to his election to the Human Rights Committee in June 2014.