​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


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

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

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
Reporting Back to Myanmar’s Rohingya: The Most Important Report of All
International fact-finding mechanisms set up by the Human Rights Council investigate human rights crises globally and issue reports relying heavily on testimony from survivors and victims. In a rare move, the UN’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar returned to those communities and reported back to them.
03 June 2019
Wherever it occurs, we can counter populist extremism
Experts discuss the various forms of populist extremism that have emerged around the world and what responses can be brought to create more inclusive and more peaceful societies.
21 March 2019

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