​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​United Nations Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.


Human Rights Council
43rd session
From: 24 February 2020
To: 20 March 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
36th session
From: 04 May 2020
To: 15 May 2020

Human Rights Council
44th session
From: 15 June 2020
To: 03 July 2020

Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development
1st session
From: 30 June 2020
To: 02 July 2020

Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
25th session
From: 17 August 2020
To: 21 August 2020

Human Rights Council
45th session
From: 14 September 2020
To: 02 October 2020

Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development
2nd session
From: 07 October 2020
To: 09 October 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
37th session
From: 02 November 2020
To: 13 November 2020

 Feature Stories

High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights concerns, and progress, across the world
Raising many serious concerns – including the COVID-19 epidemic – the High Commissioner emphasised that upholding human rights can strengthen the effectiveness of policies and boost societies’ resilience
27 February 2020
A call to action for human rights
Calling human rights “part of the very identity of the United Nations,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlined a commitment to step up action on human rights in seven key areas.
24 February 2020
10,000 people a day must be freed to end slavery by 2030
In her latest report to the Human Rights Council, UN expert on contemporary forms of slavery, Urmila Bhoola, says that emerging global issues are putting more people of risk of being exploited or enslaved.
19 September 2019
“The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope”: High Commissioner's update highlights climate threats
Michelle Bachelet's wide-ranging update to the Human Rights Council outlines human rights gains and setbacks across the world, and urges greater partnership
09 September 2019
Oral Update on the Human Rights Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
At the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Bachelet details continuing and serious human rights concerns in Venezuela
09 September 2019
"The cost of doing nothing is far too expensive": High Commissioner informally briefs States
A wide-ranging statement details many human rights and procedural concerns, days before the Human Rights Council opens session.
04 September 2019

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