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Statements to the UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is the main inter-governmental body within the United Nations (UN) system with responsibility for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. The Council was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and is made up of 47 states, including the UK.

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) play a vital role in promoting and monitoring the implementation of international human rights standards. ‘A’ status NHRIs, like the Equality and Human Rights Commission, can submit documents to Council sessions, including reports, policy papers, and written statements. We can also take part in debates in the Council.

The Commission provides written and oral statements to the Human Rights Council, which meets for a month in Geneva, three times a year. Some of these are made on our own behalf, while others are joint statements from a group of NHRIs. These joint statements include those on UK issues co-ordinated with the UK’s two other ‘A’ status NHRIs (the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission).

You can access these written and oral statements below.

29th Session - June 2015

28th Session - March 2015

27th Session – September 2014

26th Session - June 2014

  • Joint statement to the Human Rights Council on trafficking

25th Session - March 2014

Last updated: 24 Jun 2016