Since June 2019, the budgetary restrictions have been affecting the media coverage of the Human Rights Council. Negative impact of the lack of the information coverage was reported by a number of permanent missions, civil society and other stakeholders.
To tackle this issue, starting from the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre decided to start producing concise analytical reports on the meetings attended.
The main annual session of the Human Rights Council, which initially was to take place from 24 February to 20 March 2020, was suspended on 13 March 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It was resumed on 15 June and ended on 22 June 2020. The Geneva Centre attended more than 30 meetings and issued 39 concise reports that were available promptly.
On the request of Burkina Faso, the Council has held an urgent debate on racism and police violence which took place on 17 and 18 June 2020. The Geneva Centre followed this important debate and published a comprehensive report.
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