​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


 Meetings

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
35th session
From: 20 January 2020
To: 31 January 2020

Human Rights Council
43rd session
From: 24 February 2020
To: 20 March 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
36th session
From: 04 May 2020
To: 15 May 2020

Human Rights Council
44th session
From: 15 June 2020
To: 03 July 2020

Human Rights Council
45th session
From: 14 September 2020
To: 02 October 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
37th session
From: 02 November 2020
To: 13 November 2020

 Feature Stories

Dakar retreat: Paving the way for the future of the Human Rights Council
Dakar retreat addresses challenges likely to underpin the work of the Human Rights Council in coming years, including climate change, mass migration, social corporate responsibility, growing inequalities and emerging digital technologies.
23 October 2019
10,000 people a day must be freed to end slavery by 2030
In her latest report to the Human Rights Council, UN expert on contemporary forms of slavery, Urmila Bhoola, says that emerging global issues are putting more people of risk of being exploited or enslaved.
19 September 2019
“The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope”: High Commissioner's update highlights climate threats
Michelle Bachelet's wide-ranging update to the Human Rights Council outlines human rights gains and setbacks across the world, and urges greater partnership
09 September 2019
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

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