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Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is the main inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for addressing situations of human rights violations. They work with its objective of addressing “situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations” around the world. The UNHRC has 47 members elected for staggered three-year terms on a regional group basis. It was established by the General Assembly.

The UNHRC investigates allegations of breaches of human rights in UN member states, and addresses important thematic human rights issues such as freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion, women's rights, LGBT rights and the rights of racial and ethnic minorities. Some specific issues include: blatant injustice of Rohingya in Myanmar, Israeli - Palestinian conflict, growing threat of Climate Change and violations in Eritrea.


  • democracy: building civil societies by raising awareness about equal political participation and electoral processes

  • dealing with current forms of slavery and trafficking