18th regular session of the Human Rights Council (12 - 30 September 2011)


Session report

Report of the Human Rights Council on its 18th session (A/HRC/18/2) 
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Feature Stories

 The Dabaab camps in Kenya house 350,000 people displaced because of drought in the region © EPA/BORISROESSLER

The crisis in the Horn of Africa: a human rights perspective
The severe drought in the Horn of Africa has become an unprecedented human rights crisis, devastating the lives of millions.

 Hands forming a circle - istock photo

Solidarity for a globally sustainable future
The multiple crises currently facing the world could best be addressed by fostering international solidarity, says UN independent expert.

 Left wing protesters are surrounded by police during a neo-Nazi demonstration © EPA photo/HENDRIK SCHMIDT

Fighting extremism for the sake of human rights
States must protect vulnerable groups against extremist organizations, says expert on racism.

 Squamish Nation canoe approaching Bella Bella, Canada © UN Photo/John Isaac

Promoting the language rights of indigenous peoples
Experts discuss the importance of linguistic diversity for the protection rights and the survival of the cultures of 370 million indigenous peoples around the world.

 Pensioners pair up to dance in a park in Shanghai, China on 20 February 2010 © EPA photo/Qilai Shen

Bringing health-related rights home for older persons
The UN Special Rapporteur calls on the global community to better protect the right to health of older persons in a rapidly ageing world.

A child breaks stones at a quarry in Halchowk, on the outskirt of Kathmandu, Nepal

No future for enslaved children working in mines and quarries
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery presents her report on child slavery in the artisanal mining and quarry sector to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

 A father takes his child for help in a famine-stricken area of Somalia, August 2011 © EPA Photo/ANTOINE DE RAS SOUTH AFRICA OUT

Breaking point in Somalia
The drought in Somalia takes the local people to breaking point: the Independent Expert on Somalia says the funds must be found to deal with the country’s famine and ongoing conflict.

 President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives addresses the Human Rights Council © UN photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

2011 - A defining geopolitical moment
The Human Rights Council considers the promotion and protection of human rights during peaceful protest movements.

 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights addresses the Human Rights Council © UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The 18th Session of the Human Rights Council
Opening this year’s final session of the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Pillay sets out the many human rights challenges confronting the global community.

The Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva for its 17th session in June - © UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre The Human Rights Council meets for its 18th session
The right to express grievances and aspirations for political change through peaceful protests will be a central theme of the 18th session of the Human Rights Council meeting.

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