15 members elected to UN’s key rights panel; US is back after year’s absence

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today elected 15 new members to the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, including the United States, which will rejoin the UN’s main human rights body after a year’s absence.

UN’s principal human rights body opens session in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Commission opened its fifty-eight session in Geneva today, with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, describing the gathering as the forum at which the most comprehensive debate on the state of human rights around the world takes place.