Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council was created by the General Assembly in 2006 as the principal human rights political body of the United Nations. The Council is composed of 47 elected member states that must uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.

It meets in regular sessions throughout the year and can meet in special sessions at the request of 16 Council members. The Council can address both thematic and country-based human rights issues and make recommendations to states.

 

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