United Nations Commission on Human Rights

Commission des Nations Unies des droits de l'homme

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1946, within the framework of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), by resolution 5 (I) of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC. Based at E-XK1312 - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the E-XE3343 - United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Last session organized Mar-Apr 2006; replaced by E-XM1098 - United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).


Mandate: formulate an international bill of rights; formulate recommendations for an international declaration or convention on such matters as civil liberties, status of women and freedom of information; protection of minorities; prevention of discrimination on grounds of race, sex, language or religion; any other matter concerning human rights not covered by the above items.


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Members (53) elected by ECOSOC for 3-year terms, on the basis of: 15 from African states; 12 from Asian states; 11 from Latin American and Caribbean states; 10 from Western European and other states; 5 from Eastern European states. Commission meets in 6-week annual session (mid-March to end-April), plus informal 1-day meetings and special sessions. Bureau, comprising Chairperson, 3 Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur. Regional Coordinators: African; Asian; Eastern European; GRULAC; Western. Working Groups.


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GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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