UN Human Rights Council

Guterres welcomes US decision to re-engage with the Human Rights Council 

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed a commitment from the new US administration to “re-engage immediately and robustly” with the Human Rights Council, following the withdrawal of the United States from the multilateral body nearly three years ago. 

Governments urged to protect poor against modern slavery, step up development financing

Unless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said. 

 

Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debate

After a three month long COVID-19-enforced break, the Human Rights Council resumed on Monday, giving the green light to a rare Urgent Debate on racism, alleged police brutality and violence against protesters sickened by the killing of American George Floyd in police custody.

Education and inclusion should be human rights priorities, UN Assembly hears

UN Member States agreed seven decades ago to a set of inalienable rights to ensure the dignity of everyone. On Friday, the newly-installed General Assembly President recalled their collective responsibility through the Human Rights Council to “actualize that shared vision for a better world.”

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

The UN’s newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, intends to push back “centuries of prejudice and discrimination” against vulnerable groups including women and the peoples of the Global South, by pushing for more consensus between Member States, she said on Monday.

Indigenous still face "harsh conditions" despite UN Declaration

A decade after the adoption of a landmark declaration that upholds their rights, indigenous people worldwide still suffer racism, discrimination, unequal access to education and other injustices.

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Women’s health was Finland’s “sensitive issue"

Investing in women’s healthcare as a basic human right in Finland used to be something of a “sensitive issue”, but it has turned out to be a “smart investment”, the country’s former President said at the UN on Tuesday.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, malaria and albinism

Scene set for “Rwanda-like” genocide in South Sudan 

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Aleppo spotlight as UN Human Rights Council holds special session

Horrific violence in Syria’s Aleppo was the focus of an extraordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, which ended with a call for a special inquiry into dramatic recent events in the city.

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Human Rights Council is sum of parts, says UN deputy rights chief

It’s been a little over a decade since the UN Human Rights Council started work to address abuse wherever it is reported and push for accountability against perpetrators of such violations.

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