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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (HRC)

The Human Rights Council holds no fewer than three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks).

If one third of the Member States requests so, the Human Rights Council can decide at any time to hold a special session to address human rights violations and emergencies. To access Go to

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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL  March Session

Issues: right to food, adequate housing, arbitrary detention, freedom of religion or belief, enforced or involuntary disappearances, torture, minorities, environment, human rights defenders, Internally Displaced Persons, counter-terrorism and violence against children. Many progress reports from HC reports from WGs.

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development – Interactive dialogues

  • ID with the Special Adviser to the SG on the Prevention of Genocide on the progress made in discharging his duties (HRC res. 28/34)
  • Annual report of the SRSG on violence against children (GA res. 70/137)
  • Annual report of the SRSG for children and armed conflict (GA res. 70/137)
  • Report of SR on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
    (HRC res. 7/13 and 25/6)
  • Report of the SR on the right to food
    (HRC res. 22/9 and 28/10)
  • Report of the SR on freedom of religion or belief (HRC res. 22/20 and 28/18)
  • Report of the SR on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism (HRC res. 22/8 and 29/9)
  • Report of the SR on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living on the right to non-discrimination (HRC res. 15/8 and 25/17)
  • Report of the SR on minority issues (HRC res. 16/6 and 25/5)
  • Report of the SR on the situation of human rights defenders (HRC res. 16/5 and 25/18)
  • Report of the SR on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (HRC res. 22/21 and 25/13)
  •  Report of the SR on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe,  clean, healthy and sustainable environment  (HRC res. 19/10 and 28/11)
  • Report of the SR in the field of cultural rights (HRC res. 19/6 and 28/9)
  • Summary report of the SR on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment on the expert seminar on the effective implementation of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, challenges and the way forward (HRC res. 28/11)
  • Report of the SR on the right to privacy (HRC res. 28/16)
  • Report of the SR on the rights of persons with disabilities (HRC res. 26/20)
  • Joint compilation report of the SR on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and of the SR on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, of practical recommendations for the proper management of assemblies based on best practices and lessons learnt (HRC res. 25/38)
  • Report of the IE on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism (HRC res. 28/6)
  • Report of the IE on foreign debt on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (HRC res. 25/16 and 28/8)
  • Final study of the IE on foreign debt to analyse the negative impact of illicit financial flows on the enjoyment of human rights in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and on the outcome of the experts meeting on the issue of the negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights (HRC res. 25/9 and 28/5)
  • Other reports
  • Report of the HC on the impact of the implementation by States of their obligations under relevant provisions of international human rights law with regard to the protection of the family (HRC res. 29/22)
  • Report of the HC on the ways and means, as well as obstacles and challenges and proposals to overcome them, for the enhancement of international cooperation in the United Nations human rights machinery, including the HRC (HRC res. 28/2) – postponed from HRC30
  • Report of the HC on the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities (HRC res. 22/4)
  • Summary report of the HC on the panel discussion on a human rights-based approach to good governance in the public service, held at the 30th session (HRC res. 25/8)
  • Report of the HC on the realization of the right to work (HRC res. 28/15)
  • Follow-up report of the HC on investment in the rights of the child (HRC res. 28/19)
  • Report of the SG on the question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights (HRC res. 28/12)
  • Report of the SG on the impact of arbitrary deprivation of nationality on the enjoyment of the rights of children concerned (HRC res. 26/14)
  • Study of the OHCHR on Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies (HRC res. 28/4)
  • Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the issue of unilateral coercive measures and human rights, held at the 30th session (HRC res. 27/21 and Corr.1, and res. 30/2)
  • Report of the OHCHR on information and communications technology and child sexual exploitation (HRC res. 28/19)
  • Study of the OHCHR on the situation of migrants in transit, including unaccompanied children and adolescents, as well as women and girls (HRC res. 29/2)
  • Report of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights on its first session (HRC res.26/9

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 32nd session – 13 June to 1 July 2016

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development – Interactive dialogues

  • Report of the SR on the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (HRC res. 24/6 and 26/18)
  • Study of the SR on health on “Sport and healthy lifestyles as contributing factors to the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” (HRC res. 26/18)
  • Report of the SR on independence of judges and lawyers (HRC res. 25/4 and 26/7)
  • Report of the SR on the human rights of internally displaced persons (HRC res. 23/8)
  • Report of the SR on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (HRC res. 24/5)
  • Report of the SR on the right to education (HRC res. 8/4, 26/17 and 29/7)
  • Report of the SR on freedom of opinion and expression (HRC res. 25/2)
  • Report of the SR on summary executions (HRC res. 26/12)
  • Report of the SR on violence against women (HRC res. 23/25 and 29/14)
  • Report of the SR on extreme poverty (HRC res. 17/13 and 26/3)
  • Report of the IE on human rights and international solidarity on regional consultations (HRC res. 26/6 and 29/3)
  • Report of the WG on discrimination against women (HRC res. 23/7, 26/5 and 29/4)
  • Report of the WG on transnational corporations and human rights (HRC res. 17/4 and 26/22)Report of the SR on the human rights of migrants (HRC res. 26/19 and 29/2)Report of the SR on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children
  • (HRC res. 20/1 and 26/8)

Other reports

  • Final report of the HC on legal options and practical measures to improve access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses (HRC res. 26/22)
  • Compilation report of the HC on practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practices and lessons learned (HRC res. 27/31)
  • Report of the HC on the regulation of civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms and its contribution to the protection of human rights (HRC res. 29/10)
  • Compilation report of the HC on best practices of efforts to counter the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of all (HRC res.29/11)
  • Study of the OHCHR on the relationship between climate change and the human right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (HRC res. 29/15)
  •  Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the adverse impact of climate change on States’ efforts to progressively realize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and related policies, lessons learned and good practices, held at the 31st session (HRC res. 29/15)
  •  Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the progress and challenges in addressing human rights issues in the context of efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, held at the 31st session (HRC res. 30/8)

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 33rd session – September 2016

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development – Interactive dialogues

  • Report of the SR on the rights of indigenous peoples (HRC res. 24/9 and 30/4)
  • Report of the SR on contemporary forms of slavery (HRC res. 24/3)
  • Report of the SR on the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (HRC res. 18/11 and 27/23)
  •  Report of SR on human right to safe drinking water and sanitation (HRC res. 24/18 and 27/7)
  •  Report of the SR on truth, justice and reparation and guarantee of non-recurrence (HRC res. 18/7 and 27/3)
  •  Report of the SR on unilateral coercive measures (HRC res. 27/21 and Corr.1, and 30/2)
  •  Report of the IE on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (HRC res. 27/9 and 30/29)
  •  Report of the IE on the rights of older persons (HRC res. 24/20)
  •  Report of the WG on arbitrary detention (HRC res. 24/7)
  •  Report of the WG on enforced or involuntary disappearances (HRC res. 7/12, and 27/1)
  • Report of the WG on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of  the  right of peoples to self-determination (HRC res. 24/13 and 30/6)

Other Reports

  •  Yearly supplement of the SG to his quinquennial report on capital punishment and the implementation of the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty (HRC dec. 18/117)
  • Comprehensive report of the SG on the human rights of migrants (GA res. 70/147)
  •  Report of the HC on the practical application of the technical guidance and its impact on the development and implementation of policies and programmes in States to reduce preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age (HRC res. 27/14)
  • Report of the HC on efforts made to strengthen existing policies and programmes aimed at universal birth registration and vital statistics development (HRC res. 28/13)
  •  Summary report of the HC on the full-day meeting on the rights of the child held at the 31st session (HRC res. 28/19)
  •  Annual report of the HC on the rights of indigenous peoples (HRC res. 30/4)
  •  Consolidated report of the SG and the HC on the right to development (HRC res. 30/28 and GA res. 70/155)
  • Follow-up report of the HC on how the technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes for the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity has been applied by States and other relevant actors (HRC res. 27/11)
  • Summary report of the OHCHR on the expert workshop on existing guidance on the implementation of the right to participate in public affairs (HRC res. 30/9)
  • Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the human rights dimensions of preventing and countering violent extremism, held at the 31st session (HRC res. 30/15)
  •  Compilation report of the OHCHR on best practices and lessons learned on how protecting and promoting human rights contribute to play a critical role in preventing and countering violent extremism (HRC res. 30/15)
  •   Report of the Working Group on the Right to Development on its seventeenth sessions (HRC res. 9/3, 27/2 and 30/28)

Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 27 March 2015 there are 41 thematic and 14 country mandates.          > Link to OHCHR >            > Thematic Mandates >

Human Rights Advisory Committee

The Human Rights Advisory Committee, composed of 18 experts, has been established to function as a think-tank for the Council and work at its direction. The Advisory Committee replaces the former Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Right.     

Normally meets in February    Weblinks: About  –  More

Universal Periodic Review WG – (UPR)

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a HRC driven process, which asseses the actions States have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.The UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

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