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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

Learn more about the HRC

Most recent session: HRC36

The most recent session of the HRC took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-29 September 2017.

The next session will take place from 26 February to 23 March 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 HRC36:

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

  • Advance collaborative advocacy to counter anti-rights actors and further discuss the findings of the 2017 OURs Trends Report

  • Support, coordinate and collaboratively develop the emerging Feminist Caucus at the HRC

What to look out of HRC36:

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