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On 18 June 2007, one year after its first meeting, the Human Rights Council adopted its "Institution-building package" (resolution 5/1) which details procedures, mechanisms and structures that form the basis of its work.

Among those mechanisms are the new Universal Periodic Review mechanism, the Advisory Committee and the Complaint Procedure. These subsidiary bodies directly report to the Human Rights Council:

The Council also assumes a number of mechanisms established by the former Commission of Human Rights including the Special Procedures.