The Human Rights Council's 30th session starts today

NEWS. - The Human Rights Council will hold its 30th regular session from 14 September to 2 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The session will be open by the statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. This opening speech will be a great opportunity for him to focus on the activities of his office since the last session.


The Council will be divided into three weeks and the highlights of the Council will include the following: during the first week, the Council will mainly focus on interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery on Monday 14 September, which will then be followed by a discussion with the Working Group on enforced disappearances on Tuesday 15 September. On the same day, the Council will also have the annual discussion on the integration of gender perspective. Moreover, the Intergovernmental working Group on private military and security companies will present a report to the Council on that matter on 17 September, which will then be followed by the presentation of a series of thematic reports, including issues of the death penalty, prison overcrowding and the safety of journalists.

During the second week of the Council, there will be an interactive dialogue with the Commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, on Monday 21 September. This discussion will then be followed, on the same day, by a panel discussion on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and a general debate.

Another important highlight of the Council will be the presentation of a report by the High Commissioner on Sri Lanka, which will happen during the third and final week of the Council, on Wednesday 30 September. This third week will also hold a panel regarding the impact of the world drug problem, which will take place on 28 September. Finally, an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic and the Independent Expert on Somalia will take place on Wednesday 30 September. 

The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body within the UN system composed of 47 states which focus on as well as are responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. The Council was created in 2006 by the UN General Assembly with the main goal of focusing on human rights issues and violations as well as make recommendations on them. The countries that are taking part in the Council's thirtieth session are the following: Albania;,Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Maldives, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Venezuela, and Viet Nam.

Sources :
OHCHR (2015). Human Rights Council Holds its Thirtieth Regular Session from 14th September to 2 October 2015. Le 8 Septembre 2015. IN: OHCHR (En Ligne). Consulté le 14 Septembre 2015.
OHCHR (2015). 30th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. IN: OHCHR (En Ligne). Consulté le 14 Septembre 2015.