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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.


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IGWG on Durban Declaration
Resumed 16th session
10-11 December 2018


HRC organizational meeting
13th Cycle
15 January 2019


Intersessional meeting
2030 agenda
16 January 2019


Universal Periodic Review
32nd session
21 January - 1 February 2019


Human Rights Council
40th Session
25 Feb - 22 March 2019


Human Rights Council
41st Session
24 June - 12 July 2019


Human Rights Council
42nd Session
9 to 27 September 2019





 Feature Stories

Digital age: Is our privacy under threat?
States have a responsibility to protect against unlawful interference with the right to privacy. More transparency in how States and the private sector manage personal digital data is key to protecting our human rights.
19 November 2018
Human Rights Council Retreat
This week, government representatives, members of civil society and human rights experts took stock of progress made by the Council while expressing their views on its future work.
12 October 2018
Displaced and afraid in Idlib, Syria
Warring parties in Idlib have given little consideration for civilian lives and have caused massive displacements. UN experts propose recommendations to address the situation of the displaced.
02 October 2018
Improve integration of child soldiers
“We are concerned about the punitive approach taken by some States toward children associated with armed groups, including mercenaries, and insist that the best interests of the child should be the primary consideration,” said Saeed Mokbil, Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries during the Human Rights Council.
01 October 2018
Rethinking sanctions that affect the rights of Syrians
Unilateral sanctions have negatively affected the rights of Syrians and impeded the operations of civil society and humanitarian actors in Syria, the UN expert on unilateral coercive measures says.
26 September 2018
Reprisals: Targeting Human Rights Defenders
"The horrendous impact on the victim and their families aside, reprisals against people for cooperating with the UN sends a chilling message to others of what will happen if they do the same thing. As they are designed to do," said Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour.
21 September 2018

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