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UN Human Rights Council

On 15 March 2006, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/60/251 to establish a Human Rights Council replacing the Commission on Human Rights. The Human Rights Council began its work on 19 June 2006. QUNO participated actively in the Commission on Human Rights and the development of the UN Human Rights Council, seeking ways to strengthen the Council’ s work in promoting and protecting human rights.

Useful links:

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

International Commission of Jurists

International Service for Human Rights

Association for the Prevention of Torture

Child Soldiers International

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

Terre des Hommes

Centre for World Indigenous Studies

Overseas Development Institute

Native Web: Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World

Save the Children Sweden


Recent Timeline Events

March 2020

Enhancing prevention - leveraging the mandate of the Human Rights Council

Building on its long-term work on integrating human rights and sustaining peace, QUNO has been supporting work led by the three rapporteurs in charge of implementing resolution 38/18 on ‘the contribution of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to the prevention of human rights violations’.  In particular, QUNO has focused on how the HRC can more effectively work with all UN pillars to prevent those violations which, if left unaddressed, could lead to violent conflict.

To this end, QUNO has highlighted positive ways forward, such as a broader inclusion of actors (such as peacebuilders) throughout HRC mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review, a better integration of mandate holders in the Peacebuilding Commission’s discussions, or the systematic involvement of Resident Coordinators - key actors in upholding the UN Charter on the ground - in Council discussions. These elements are echoed in the rapporteurs’ final report, which was presented at the 43rd Session of the HRC.

With the Call to Action for Human Rights by the Secretary General, who highlighted that “respect for human rights is an essential crisis prevention mechanism” and the Peacebuilding Architecture Review underway, 2020 provides a good opportunity to realise these changes.

We therefore urge the Council and Member States to take forward these recommendations, and encourage the President of the Human Rights Council to share this report officially with the Secretary General and relevant bodies, the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, and the Chairperson of the Peacebuilding Commission, for their consideration.

To welcome the rapporteurs’ final report, QUNO had hoped to make an oral statement at the 43rd session of the HRC, which was unfortunately suspended due to COVID-19 measures in Switzerland. In light of this, the full version of QUNO’s statement is available to read below, as is the link to the rapporteurs' report.

(Photo: Yvette Stevens, presenting the report at HRC 43 - A/HRC/43/37)


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