​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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
42nd session
From: 09 September 2019
To: 27 September 2019

Social Forum
11th session
From: 01 October 2019
To: 02 October 2019

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
34th session
From: 04 November 2019
To: 15 November 2019

Forum on Business and Human Rights
8th session
From: 25 November 2019
To: 27 November 2019

Forum on Minority Issues
12th session
From: 28 November 2019
To: 29 November 2019

Human Rights Council – Organizational session
From: 06 December 2019
To: 06 December 2019

 Feature Stories

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
Venezuela: High Commissioner Bachelet calls for dialogue and change
Briefing the Human Rights Council, she outlines the "dramatic impact" of the crisis on fundamental rights
05 July 2019
A rights environment for the highest standard of mental health
UN expert on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, says that good mental health must be defined by the creation of environments where people can live their lives in dignity in the equitable pursuit of their full potential.
05 July 2019
Climate change: highlighting the need for gender-specific action
Climate change has specific adverse impacts on women and girls – but women also have much to contribute to climate action.
28 June 2019
New threats and old challenges: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council
Noting multiple themes and situations of concern, she cites "ancient and precious values that are common to us all"
24 June 2019

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