​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


Organizational session of the Human Rights Council for the 16th cycle (2022)
16th session
From: 06 December 2021
To: 06 December 2021

 Feature Stories

In Sudan, Bachelet calls for restoration of civilian government and democratic transition
Speaking to a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Sudan, the High Commissioner spoke out strongly against human rights violations since the coup of 25 October, and said she was heartened by reports that talks to restore civilian government are under way.
05 November 2021
Accountability for gross violations is an obligation - UN expert
“Accountability and appropriate sanctions for perpetrators are essential conditions for a peaceful and sustainable transition,” says Fabián Salvioli, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.
12 October 2021
Social protection must be strengthened before the next crisis
In his latest report, the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Olivier De Schutter, said the millions of people thrown into extreme poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic should be a warning sign. He pushed for the creation of a Global Fund for Social Protection to improve long-term social protection measures and the universalization of social protection floors for low-income countries.
29 July 2021
Bachelet calls for "much stronger political will to accelerate action for racial justice and equality."
The High Commissioner presented her Office's report on the the human rights of Africans and of people of African descent and excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers. The report presents recommendations for ways to "achieve transformative change and end profound injustices, inflicted for generations."
12 July 2021
Bachelet outlines implementation of SG's "challenging – and absolutely vital" Plan of Action
Opening the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner said the Secretary-General's Plan of Action creates "unprecedented leverage to deploy the force of partnerships" for human rights
21 June 2021
HC: Root causes must be addressed in violence escalation in Gaza
“Appalling events in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territory have once again called this Council into Special Session,” the High Commissioner said, noting the “most significant escalation in hostilities” since 2014. “While I welcome the ceasefire of 21 May, it is clear that unless the root causes of this violence are addressed, it will sadly be a matter of time until the next round of violence commences, with further pain and suffering for civilians on all sides,” she stressed.
27 May 2021

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