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Regional arrangements

At its thirty-second session in June 2016, the Human Rights Council adopted decision 32/115, on regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, mandating the Advisory Committee to prepare a report on regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, in particular on the progress made in the establishment of regional and subregional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, and their achievements in all regions of the world, and on the role played by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as on the role that it can play in the future  in advancing cooperation between international and regional human rights mechanisms, and to identify ways to increase the role that regional arrangements play in promoting and protecting human rights and to reinforce universal human rights standards, including as contained in international human rights instruments, and to submit the report to the Human Rights Council before its thirty-ninth session (September 2018).

The Council also encouraged the Advisory Committee, when preparing the above-mentioned report, to take into account the views of Member States, as appropriate, relevant international and regional organizations, the Office of the High Commissioner, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

Drafting group

At its seventeenth session, the Committee established a drafting group for the preparation of a progress report. The current member of the drafting group are:

  • Mr. Bennani
  • Ms. Boisson de Chazournes
  • Mr. Coriolano
  • Ms. Hananía de Varela
  • Mr. Lebedev
  • Mr. Obata
  • Ms. Pabel (Chairperson)
  • Ms. Reyes Prado
  • Mr. Soh (Rapporteur)
  • Mr. Yigezu

Also at the same session, the drafting group and the full Committee held meetings to discuss the topic and the questionnaires to be disseminated to Member States, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

The drafting group will submit a preliminary report to the Advisory Committee at its eighteenth session in February 2017, taking into account the replies to the questionnaire, with a view to submitting the report to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-ninth session (September 2018).

Questionnaires on Regional arrangements

The deadline for submission is 31 May 2017


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