United Nations Human Rights Council

A person protesting after the murder of Mike Brown by police officcers in 2014. CC BY-SA 2.0

A person protesting after the murder of Mike Brown by police officcers in 2014. Flickr: Elvert Barnes. CC BY-SA 2.0

Established in 2006 by Resolution A/RES/60/251, The UN Human Rights Council is the main specialised committee for human rights-related topics. It consists of 47 member-states, decided upon through elections in the General Assembly. Its principal aim is to promote, protect and strengthen human rights globally, and evaluates the human rights situation in all UN countries periodically through the Universal Periodic Review. Within the UNHRC exists a limited number of working groups which focus their work on a particular topic or issue, such as the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. The Human Rights Council’s work can be divided into three sections: Country-specific, thematic and working group-related. Topics such as contemporary forms of slavery, the right to food, freedom of religion and the human rights situation in Mali are just some of the many topics discussed in the Council.  

Topics, study guides and information about the chairpersons will be released in due course.