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Introduction

In resolution 28/14, adopted on 26 March 2015, the Human Rights Council decided to establish a forum on human rights, democracy and rule of law.  The purpose of the Forum is “to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to the relationship between these areas” and to “identify and analyze best practices, challenges and opportunities for States in their efforts to secure respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.

Theme of the 2018 Forum

The theme of the second session of the Forum will be “Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.

Annotated Provisional Agenda English | French | Spanish | Russian | Chinese | Arabic

Chairperson

Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, has been appointed Chairperson of the second session of the Forum.

Dates and venue

The second session of the Forum will held on 22 and 23 November 2018, in Room XVII at Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Meeting proceedings

Information with regard to meeting proceedings is available.

Participation in the 2018 Forum

Human Rights Council resolutions 28/14 and 34/41 decided that the Forum would be “open to the participation of States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies, academics and experts and non-governmental organizations…”

Registration is now open! Please register online through the Indico platform until 16 November 2018.

States are kindly informed that, in accordance with resolutions 28/14 and 34/41, which request an open and transparent accreditation procedure and timely information on participation of and consultations with the States concerned, the list of organisations approved for accreditation to the second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law will be posted and updated regularly on the Human Rights Council Extranet.

Practical information for participants is available.

Side events

Please note that the Secretariat disposes of a limited number of rooms to hold side events during the Forum. Time slots for the side events on 22 and 23 November 2018 are:

  • From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Side events are public meetings and may be attended by Permanent Missions, UN staff, NGOs and other persons duly accredited to access Palais des Nations.

Interpretation for side events is not provided by the United Nations.

If you wish to organize a side event, please send a concept note of the proposed side event to the Secretariat (by e-mail to democracyforum@ohchr.org, with subject “Side event proposal”) as soon as possible and not later than 7 November 2018.

The Secretariat reserves the right to accept or refuse side events requests based on room availability.

For any queries, please contact democracyforum@ohchr.org

Call for inputs – deadline extended

OHCHR seeks the views of all relevant stakeholders, including United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies, academics and experts and non-governmental organizations on the topics to be discussed during the second Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, bearing in mind the above mentioned theme of the Forum. OHCHR would be grateful if any suggestions could be sent to democracyforum@ohchr.org by 31 May 2018. Please note that all submissions received will be made available on the Forum webpage in the language in which they are received.

Submissions received in response to the call for inputs on the topics to be discussed during the second Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

Member States

  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Belarus
  3. Canada
    1
    -2
  4. Georgia
  5. Guatemala
  6. Honduras
    1-2
  7. Mexico
  8. Sierra Leone (Parliament)
  9. Switzerland

NHRIs

  1. Defensor del Pueblo de la Nación, Argentina 
  2. Australian Human Rights Commission
  3. Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
  4. Danish Institute for Human Rights
  5. Equality and Human Rights Commission (UK)
  6. Greek National Commission for Human Rights
    1
    -2
  7. National Human Rights Commission, India
  8. National Human Rights Commission of Mexico
  9. National Human Rights Commission of Korea

International Organisations

  1. European Union
  2. International IDEA
  3. Inter-Parliamentary Union

Regional Parliaments

  1. Parlamento Andino
    1-2-3

NGOs and Academia

  1. ANAPRODH - Association Nationale de Promotion et de Protection des Droits de L’Homme
  2. CEPAZ
  3. Child Rights International Network
  4. Dr Eloise Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of East Anglia
  5. Jacob J. Lumier, SSF/RIO
  6. Parliaments, Rule of Law and Human Rights Research Project, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
  7. Professor Abdoul Lamine Kamara, Institut des Hautes Etudes Dakar Senegal
  8. Tcharbuahbokengo NFINN, Co-Chair, Farmers Major Group United Nations Environment Programme. Director General; Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR), Cameroon