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Human Rights Council (HRC)

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is the key intergovernmental body within the United Nations system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It holds three regular sessions a year: in March, June and September. 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

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Current session: HRC38

The next session of the HRC is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 June to 6 July 2018.

AWID works with feminist, progressive and human rights partners to share key knowledge, convene civil society dialogues and events, and influence negotiations and outcomes of the session.

With our partners, our work at HRC38 will:

  • Monitor, track and analyze anti-rights actors, discourses and strategies and their impact on resolutions

  • Coordinate and contribute to convenings to raise awareness of the findings of the 2017 OURs Trends Report

  • Strenghten relationships with/between Working Group members, collective ownership and strategizing and collaboration on joint advocacy projects.

  • Supporting, coordinating and collaboratively developing the emerging Feminist Caucus at the HRC, and co-planning a feminist strategy meeting to build relationships and develop joint advocady objectives for upcoming Council sessions.


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