​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


Human Rights Council
45th session
From: 14 September 2020
To: 06 October 2020

Human Rights Council Social Forum
12th session
From: 08 October 2020
To: 09 October 2020

Complaint Procedure Working Group on Situations
26th session
From: 19 October 2020
To: 23 October 2020

Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development
2nd session
From: 28 October 2020
To: 29 October 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
36th session
From: 02 November 2020
To: 13 November 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
37th session
From: 18 January 2021
To: 29 January 2021

Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
25th session
From: 15 February 2021
To: 19 February 2021

Human Rights Council
46th session
From: 22 February 2021
To: 19 March 2021

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
38th session
From: 03 May 2021
To: 14 May 2021

Human Rights Council
47th session
From: 21 June 2021
To: 09 July 2021

Human Rights Council
48th session
From: 13 September 2021
To: 01 October 2021

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
39th session
From: 01 November 2021
To: 12 November 2021

 Feature Stories

Independent Mission says crimes against humanity committed in Venezuela
A 411-page report, released today by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela established by the UN Human Rights Council (resolution 42/25), urges accountability for crimes against humanity.
16 September 2020
In her global human rights update, Bachelet calls for urgent action to heighten resilience and protect people's rights
Opening the latest session of the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner noted "at this critical moment in world history, with poverty and tensions shooting up and a sharp decline in many people's hope for a better life," human rights guidance will help States and people weather the crisis
14 September 2020
"To learn from what went right, we must look at what went wrong" - how to address, and recover from, the impact of COVID-19
In an interactive discussion at the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner pointed out that while some leaders “have demonstrated deep mistrust of their people…( and) undermined public health”, others “have sought to preserve their peoples' rights and future. They have informed and empowered people and have helped them to weather this crisis.”
14 September 2020
Overuse of biomedical interventions ignores humans emotional complexity, says UN expert
In his last report to the Human Rights Council, Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health, calls for a human rights-based approach to treating mental distress and an end to the dominance of psychotropic medicines and coercive institutionalisation.
27 July 2020
Women most affected by COVID-19, should participate in recovery efforts
Experts at the Human Rights Council discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and compounded gender inequalities and why States should focus more attention on women and girls when rebuilding the economy post-COVID-19.
22 July 2020
‘Conversion therapy’ can amount to torture and should be banned says UN expert
LGBT persons endure severe pain and long-lasting psychological and physical damage because of so-called ‘conversion therapies’, UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz tells the Human Rights Council. He calls for a global ban.
13 July 2020

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