​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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
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
36th session
From: 02 November 2020
To: 13 November 2020

 Feature Stories

Human Rights Council talks COVID-19 with independent experts
Independent experts take part in Human Rights Council “virtual conversation” echoing urgent appeals to ensure national policies on COVID-19 are deeply rooted in human rights, and spell out good practices to uphold rights.
30 April 2020
Human Rights Council holds “virtual conversation” with High Commissioner to address COVID-19
Participants in a Human Rights Council-sponsored “virtual conversation” with the High Commissioner for Human Rights echo calls for global solidarity and human rights based approaches in response to COVID-19
09 April 2020
Despite COVID-19, Human Rights Council carries on with its work virtually
Human Rights Council Bureau holds its first formal virtual meeting since suspending its regular session on 13 March. Council President Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger assures that important human rights work continues to address the needs of the most vulnerable
01 April 2020
Expert calls for resolution on right to healthy environment
David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment, called on the Human Rights Council to pass a resolution recognizing the right to a healthy environment, saying it would lead to stronger State actions on environment.
11 March 2020
Reflecting on 25 years of women’s rights action
Twenty-five years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, experts celebrate that document’s vision of women’s rights and discuss its continued relevance to address remaining and new challenges.
06 March 2020
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

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