​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
37th session
From: 18 January 2021
To: 29 January 2021

Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
25th session
From: 15 February 2021
To: 19 February 2021

Human Rights Council
46th session
From: 22 February 2021
To: 19 March 2021

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
38th session
From: 03 May 2021
To: 14 May 2021

Working Group on the Right to Development
21st session
From: 17 May 2021
To: 21 May 2021

Human Rights Council
47th session
From: 21 June 2021
To: 09 July 2021

Human Rights Council
48th session
From: 13 September 2021
To: 01 October 2021

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
39th session
From: 01 November 2021
To: 12 November 2021

 Feature Stories

Sudan: Considerable reforms but major challenges remain- independent expert
In his last report, the UN independent expert on the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, urges continued international support and engagement with the Sudan to help guide the country through a challenging transition period.
23 October 2020
No human rights progress despite new presidency, Burundi inquiry finds
The Commission of Inquiry on Burundi outlines the serious human rights violations occurring in the context of the 2020 elections, including summary executions, arbitrary detentions and arrests, torture and sexual violence.
23 September 2020
Independent Mission says crimes against humanity committed in Venezuela
A 411-page report, released today by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela established by the UN Human Rights Council (resolution 42/25), urges accountability for crimes against humanity.
16 September 2020
In her global human rights update, Bachelet calls for urgent action to heighten resilience and protect people's rights
Opening the latest session of the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner noted "at this critical moment in world history, with poverty and tensions shooting up and a sharp decline in many people's hope for a better life," human rights guidance will help States and people weather the crisis
14 September 2020
"To learn from what went right, we must look at what went wrong" - how to address, and recover from, the impact of COVID-19
In an interactive discussion at the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner pointed out that while some leaders “have demonstrated deep mistrust of their people…( and) undermined public health”, others “have sought to preserve their peoples' rights and future. They have informed and empowered people and have helped them to weather this crisis.”
14 September 2020
Overuse of biomedical interventions ignores humans emotional complexity, says UN expert
In his last report to the Human Rights Council, Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health, calls for a human rights-based approach to treating mental distress and an end to the dominance of psychotropic medicines and coercive institutionalisation.
27 July 2020

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