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”.
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.
Information with regard to
meeting proceedings is available.
Participation in the 2018 Forum
Human Rights Council resolutions
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
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.
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
email@example.com, 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
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
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
Sierra Leone (Parliament)
Defensor del Pueblo de la Nación, Argentina
Australian Human Rights Commission
Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
Danish Institute for Human Rights
Equality and Human Rights Commission (UK)
- Greek National Commission for Human Rights
National Human Rights Commission, India
National Human Rights Commission of Mexico
National Human Rights Commission of Korea
- Parlamento Andino
NGOs and Academia
ANAPRODH - Association Nationale de Promotion et de Protection des Droits de L’Homme
Child Rights International Network
Dr Eloise Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of East Anglia
Jacob J. Lumier, SSF/RIO
Parliaments, Rule of Law and Human Rights Research Project, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Professor Abdoul Lamine Kamara, Institut des Hautes Etudes Dakar Senegal
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