​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


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Attacks against people with albinism are hate crimes - UN albinism expert
The Independent Expert on human rights and albinism, Mukuka-Anne Miti-Drummond, urges States to recognize brutal attacks against people with albinism as hate crimes and harmful practices, and enact laws to protect them.
30 March 2022
Environmental human rights defenders must be heard and protected
“Every day, environmental human rights defenders face abuse, threats and harassment for their work addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and nature loss,” said Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during a high-level virtual event co-organized by Sweden and UN Human Rights.
09 March 2022
Global Update: Bachelet urges inclusion to combat "sharply escalating misery and fear"
Global Update: Bachelet urges inclusion to combat "sharply escalating misery and fear" Michelle Bachelet updated the Human Rights Council on major human rights issues in more than 25 countries.
08 March 2022
Ukraine: High Commissioner cites "new and dangerous" threats to human rights
Speaking at the Human Rights Council's urgent debate on the crisis in Ukraine, High Commissioner Bachelet outlined "massive impact" on the human rights of millions of people across the country.
03 March 2022
Bachelet calls for strong leadership at moment of "profound gravity"
Opening the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner said "remarkable progress" made over two decades in every region is in jeopardy. She called for strong action to uphold international law and human rights.
28 February 2022
Combatting corruption and illicit financial flows
High Commissioner Bachelet called for more robust systems for accountability, transparency and integrity to address corruption and illicit financial flows– and announced that detailed, human rights-based guidance will soon be available
08 February 2022

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