United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)

Conseil des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies

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Established within A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN) system, as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly, by GA Resolution 60/251. Replaces U-XE1127 - United Nations Commission on Human Rights.


Promote universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner; contribute, through dialogue and cooperation, towards the prevention of human rights violations and respond promptly to human rights emergencies; address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations, and make recommendations thereon; promote the effective coordination and the mainstreaming of human rights within the United Nations system.


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Council of 47 Member States, elected by a majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot, with distribution of seats in accordance with equitable geographical representation: African States - 13; Asia-Pacific States - 13; Eastern European States - 6; Latin American and Caribbean States - 8; Western European and Other States - 7. Members elected for 3-year terms, not eligible for immediate re-election after serving 2 consecutive terms. Bureau. Advisory Committee serves as think tank. Participation open to observers, including NGOs, IGOs, national human rights institutions and specialized agencies. Based in Geneva (Switzerland).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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