​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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
44th session
From: 30 June 2020
To: 17 July 2020

Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
25th session
From: 17 August 2020
To: 21 August 2020

Human Rights Council
45th session
From: 14 September 2020
To: 02 October 2020

Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development
2nd session
From: 07 October 2020
To: 09 October 2020

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

 Feature Stories

High Commissioner urges States to “grasp the vital importance of this moment”
Opening the Human Rights Council, she compared COVID-19 to “a heat-seeking device that exposes, and is fuelled by, systemic failures to uphold human rights”, and called for “strong, transformative measures to heighten the powerful protections that human rights based-policies can provide”
30 June 2020
Speakers urge definitive action to combat systemic racism
“I am asking you to help us – Black people in America,” said Philonise Floyd to the Human Rights Council. The death of his brother George in the USA in May led to global protests against racism and police brutality. It also led to an urgent debate on systemic racism during the Council’s 43rd session.
17 June 2020
Philippines: Report details widespread human rights violations and persistent impunity
A new report by UN Human Rights highlights long-standing and acute human rights concerns in the Philippines, including killings, arbitrary detentions and the vilification of dissent.
04 June 2020
Human Rights Council talks COVID-19 with independent experts
Independent experts take part in Human Rights Council “virtual conversation” echoing urgent appeals to ensure national policies on COVID-19 are deeply rooted in human rights, and spell out good practices to uphold rights.
30 April 2020
Human Rights Council holds “virtual conversation” with High Commissioner to address COVID-19
Participants in a Human Rights Council-sponsored “virtual conversation” with the High Commissioner for Human Rights echo calls for global solidarity and human rights based approaches in response to COVID-19
09 April 2020
Despite COVID-19, Human Rights Council carries on with its work virtually
Human Rights Council Bureau holds its first formal virtual meeting since suspending its regular session on 13 March. Council President Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger assures that important human rights work continues to address the needs of the most vulnerable
01 April 2020

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