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Key readings from the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council

We feature here key reports and resources related to the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva from 13 June to 1 July 2016.

Round-up pieces

Key Reports

Key Resolutions

  • Preventing and responding to VAW against indigenous women
  • Discrimination against women: health and safety
  • Racism and women
  • Discrimination against women and children in nationality laws
  • Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Civil society space
  • Freedom of peaceful assembly and association
  • Protection of the Family

Civil Society Statements

External Links (general information)


UN Human Rights Council, Geneva
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A general view of participants at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the HRC

The Human Rights Council is the foremost international body for the promotion and protection of human rights and can be used to bring pressure on governments to take steps to implement and develop human rights norms, including rights related to gender and sexuality.

It meets in three sessions per year in Geneva (spring, summer, fall)

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the secretariat for the HRC.

The HRC works by:

  • Debating and passing resolutions on global human rights issues and human rights situations in particular countries
  • Examining complaints from victims of human rights violations or activist organizations on behalf of victims of human rights violations
  • Appointing independent experts (known as “Special Procedures”) to review human rights violations in specific countries and examine and further global human rights issues
  • Engaging in discussions with experts and governments on human rights issues
  • Assessing the human rights records of all UN Member States every four and a half years through the Universal Periodic Review

Learn more about the UN HUman Rights Council

Research Reports