41st session of the Human Rights Council (24 June - 12 July 2019)
The United Nations Human Rights Council:
The United Nations Human Rights Council held its forty-first regular session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 24 June to 12 July 2019. During the 41st Session, the Council focused on various serious and urgent human rights issues across the globe. The Council heard the presentation of numerous reports over three weeks that addressed a variety of themes and 12 country-specific situations. The Council also heard from 26 independent human rights experts, working groups and investigative bodies; held a panel discussion on climate change and women’s rights; conducted an annual discussion on the human rights of women; held a thematic discussion on technical cooperation; and adopted the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review of 14 states.
GICJ at the Human Rights Council 41st Session:
With a team of ten members and two guests, Geneva International Centre for Justice actively participated in the 41st session of the Human Rights Council. Prior to the session, GICJ submitted eight written statements highlighting different aspects of the human rights situation in four countries. During the Council session, GICJ delivered 21 oral statements, organized one side event, conducted a one-week human rights training workshop, monitored the discussion on several Council resolutions, and attended numerous side events to stay informed on a variety of issues. The sections that follow contain GICJ’s key contributions during the session.
More about the UN Human Rights Council:
"The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. 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.
The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly. The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights."
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