Guidelines on the right to participate in public affairs


Published:
20 July 2018
Author:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Presented:
At the 39th session of the HRC
Link:
A/HRC/39/28
(Additional materials available below)

Background

OHCHR prepared the Guidelines in 2018 as requested by resolution 33/22 of the Human Rights Council. The Council, in resolution 39/11 adopted by consensus, took note with interest of the Guidelines and presented them as a set of orientations for States and others.

Summary

The Guidelines on the effective implementation on the right to participate in public affairs provide directions for States on how to ensure participation. The Guidelines include recommendations on different dimensions of the right to participate, for example on participation in electoral processes, on direct participation in non-electoral contexts and on participation at the international level.

Guidelines

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Overview of the Guidelines on Participation

Guidelines on the right to participate in public affairs

Summary of the Guidelines on Participation

Guidelines on the right to participate in public affairs

Inputs received

Consultative drafting process

The Human Rights Council requested OHCHR to ensure the creation of the Guidelines was open, transparent and inclusive and to widely consult with all relevant stakeholders.

OHCHR organized five regional consultations for two days in each of the following regions:

i. The Americas
ii. Africa
iii. Asia Pacific
iv. Middle East and North Africa
v. Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Others


 

Regional consultation for the Americas, Santiago, Chile, 13-14 June 2017


 

Regional consultation for Sub-Saharan Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 6- 7 September 2017


 

Regional consultation for the Asia and Pacific region, Bangkok, Thailand, 2-3 October 2017


 

Regional consultation for the Middle East and North Africa region, Beirut, Lebanon, 21-22 December 2017

  • Concept note [English] [Arabic]
  • Background paper by Mr Fateh Azzam, Human Rights consultant [English] Annexe: Compilation of jurisprudence from United Nations human rights mechanisms [English]
  • Registration form [English] [Arabic]
  • Logistics note for participants [English]
  • Provisional Agenda [English]
  • Final list of participants [English]
  • Summary of the discussions [English]

 

Regional consultation for Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Others, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-10 April 2018


 

Call for input

OHCHR also invited written submissions, available below.

Member States

Intergovernmental organizations

Regional human rights mechanisms

United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes

National Human Rights Institutions

NGOs

Academics and experts