Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Sous-Commission de la promotion et de la protection des droits de l'homme

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1946, as Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities – Sous-Commission de la lutte contre les mesures discriminatoires et de la protection des minorités, within the framework of U-XE1127 - United Nations Commission on Human Rights, under resolution 9 (II) of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC, as part of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN) in order to undertake studies in the light of T-XT4399 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Present name adopted Jul 1999. Hosted by E-XE3343 - United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Following abolition of the Commission of Human Rights and establishment, in its replacement, of the Human Rights Council as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly (GA resolution 60/251), the Sub-Commission was authorized by the Council to hold its final 58th session, convened in Geneva (Switzerland), 7-25 Aug 2006. Pursuant to Council decision 1/102 of 19 Jun 2006, the mandates and the mandate-holders of the Sub-Commission have been extended exceptionally for one year, subject to the review to be undertaken by the Council in conformity with operative paragraph 6 og GA resolution 60/251. In its decision 2/102 of 6 Oct 2006, the Council allowed continuation of previously authorized activities of the Sub-Commission in accordance with its decision 1/102. Replaced by Advisory Committee of E-XM1098 - United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which was set up following resolution 5/1.


Mandate: undertake studies and make recommendations to the Commission concerning the prevention of discrimination of any kind relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms and the protection of racial, national, religious and linguistic minorities; perform any other functions which may be entrusted to it by the Council or the Commission.


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Sub-Commission meets in 3-week annual session (July-August) and comprises 26 experts in personal capacity, elected by CHR for 4-year terms, half elected every 2 years. No election of Sub-Commission members was held in 2006. Pursuant to decision 1/102 of the Human Rights Council, the mandates of all present Sub-Commission members have been extended for one year. Consequently, their term of office would expire in Jun 2007, unless otherwise decided by the Council as part of its ongoing process of review of mandates. Bureau, comprising Chairperson, Rapporteur and 3 Vice-President. Inter-sessional working groups on (4): Contemporary Forms of Slavery; Minorities; Indigenous Populations; Communications (1503 Procedure). Sessional Working Groups on (3): Administration of Justice; Working Methods and Activities of Transnational Corporations; mandated to elaborate detailed principles and guidelines concerning promotion and protection of human rights when combating terrorism, established 2004.

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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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