Relevant documents and information, as well as reports submitted by Special Procedures mandate holders and the annotated agenda will be available on the
Documentation page of this session.
Media and outreach tools
The meetings of the Council are broadcast live via
UN webcast.Updates during the session are also shared through the HRC Alert: SMS service (free subscription through the Extranet for mobiles registered in Switzerland only), Sched and Twitter (@UN_HRC & #HRC48)
Due to the restrictions aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will follow similar modalities as the 47th session of the Council. In-person participation will therefore be strictly limited.
NHRIs with “A” status accreditation, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI – formerly known as the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights) and regional coordinating bodies of NHRIs (speaking on behalf of its “A” status members) can:
NOTE: According to paragraph 28 of Human Rights Council resolution 16/21 on the Review of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council, the “A” status NHRI of the country concerned shall be entitled to intervene immediately after the country concerned during the interactive dialogue, following the presentation of a country mission report by a special procedure mandate holder and also immediately after the State under review at the adoption of the UPR report in plenary. Resolution 16/21 also grants “A” status NHRIs the right to nominate candidates as special procedures mandate holders (paragraph 22(a)).
Technical Specifications for DOCUMENTATION and WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS
Documentation and Written Statements should be uploaded by the submitting National Human Rights Institutions according to UN documentation rules onto the
Written Statement Registration website which will be accessible until 6 September 2021.
In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, “A” status NHRIs are entitled to submit documentation at Council sessions. NHRIs may submit reports, policy papers, etc.
deadline for submitting documents for the 48th session of the Human Rights Council is
6 September 2021.
“A” status NHRIs may submit written statements to the Human Rights Council. Statements should be no longer than 2,000 words and should be relevant to the Council's Programme of Work of the 48th session. Please refer to the Guidelines available on the HRC’s webpage for more information on the written statements.
Upload the written statements onto the
Written Statements Registration website.
Please kindly note that the
deadline for uploading of written statements for the 48th session of the Human Rights Council is
6 September 2021. The Secretariat will not be able to ensure the timely processing and circulation of statements submitted after the deadline.
Guidelines on how to use the online registration system for the Written submission in
Accreditation of NHRIs shall be given to:
NHRIs that wish to accredit representatives to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council should:
Additional information on the accreditation to the Council’ session.
Each member of a national institution delegation has to be individually registered online.
Due to the restrictions aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will follow similar modalities as the 47th session of the Council. In-person participation will therefore be strictly limited. “A” status NHRIs, the GANHRI, and regional coordinating bodies of NHRIs, speaking on behalf of “A” status accredited members, will address the Human Rights Council via pre-recorded video statements. NHRIs shall exceptionally refer to the modalities of submission of pre-recorded video statements (paragraph 10 of this Information Note).
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO PARALLEL EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE 48th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL.
At its 19th session, the Human Rights Council adopted a decision1 to endorse the report of the Task Force, including its recommendations, on secretariat services, accessibility for persons with disabilities and use of information technology.
This decision gives the opportunity to NHRIs with “A” status GANHRI accreditation to participate in the Human Rights Council sessions through pre-recorded video messages in one of the six official languages of the United Nations, to be delivered to enhance their participation in the plenary debate under any Human Rights Council agenda item. Only the Head, Secretary General or their designated representative in possession of a written authorization may be entitled to deliver a video message.
The credentials of the NHRIs and the identity of individuals delivering the video message will be duly verified by OHCHR.
For all interventions through video messages a letter of request will have to be addressed to the National Institutions, Regional Mechanisms and Civil Society Section and comply with the below requirements:
Rules regarding the content and technical specifications
Statements delivered by video message are subject to the same rules as oral statements delivered in person. The video messages are subject to the same time limits as, and should mirror as closely as possible, the oral statements delivered in person. In particular, the following rules must be strictly observed:
The video statement must include
captioning. NHRIs are encouraged to consider including international sign language, to enhance participation of persons with disabilities.
A transcript of the video statement must also be submitted in order to facilitate interpretation. In the absence of captioning and transcript, the video statement will not be admissible.
The transcript must be uploaded onto the
Debate Registration platform. (cf. paragraph on Oral statements)
The minimum technical specifications for the video are as follows:
Resolution:- video resolution min 640x480 max 1024x768, frame rate 30 fps- audio resolution 44100 Hz, 16 bits, stereo
AVI/WMV- video encoding WMV3 (Windows Media Video 9)- audio encoding WMA2 (Windows Media Audio 2)
MOV- video encoding H.274- audio encoding MP3 or AAC
Delivery of the video statement
The video statement will be projected in the room under the same conditions as an oral statement delivered in the room.
The rules of procedure and practices of the Council apply in the same manner to video statements as to all other statements.
Whenever a point of order is raised during the projection of a video statement, the President of the Human Rights Council will interrupt the intervention and address the issue in accordance with the rules of procedure and practices of the Council. The President will then resume the projection of the video statement unless a second point of order is raised or the President considers that the message infringes the Council’s rules of procedure or practices, in which case the President may interrupt the projection of the video statement.
As the speaker will not be present in the room, a written communication recalling the applicable rules of procedure and practices of the Council shall then be forwarded to the organization concerned.
The transcript of the video message will be posted on the HRC extranet along with other oral statements.
NOTE: All pre-recorded video messages together must be uploaded by 8 September 2021onto the
video messages website on Extranet.
NHRIs wishing to participate in the Human Rights Council session through video messaging need to send a request to Ms. Cynthia Radert (email@example.com) or Mr. Johnny Baryougar White (firstname.lastname@example.org.They will then receive a username and a password to upload their video message.
For further information, please contact the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section (NIRMS) at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Mr. Vladlen StefanovChief, National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms SectionTel: + 41 (0) 22 928 9377Fax: + 41 (0) 22 928 email@example.com
Ms. Cynthia RadertHuman Rights Officer, National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Sectioncradert@ohchr.org
Mr. Johnny Baryougar White Human Rights Officer, National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, NHRIs may also contact the GANHRI Geneva Representative, Ms. Katharina Rose (email@example.com) and copy
Ms. Kristen Baranowski (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tel + 41 (0) 22 917 16 74
1. A/HRC/DEC/19/119 (recommendation 47): “In the case of national human rights institutions compliant with the Paris Principles:
(a) Video messages may be pre-recorded in order to enhance participation in the plenary debates of the Human Rights Council, in particular in accordance with the provisions described in the annex to Council resolution 16/21, paragraph 13 (national human rights institution of the State under review) and paragraph 28 (national human rights institution of the State concerned)”.
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