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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 46TH SESSION

2021-03-30T16:52:03+02:002021, February 18th|INVOLVEMENT, UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, UN HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS|

As for the previous sessions, the Geneva Centre closely monitored the 46th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The HRC46th session was held from 22 February to 23 March 2021 and consisted of 21 interactive dialogues, six dialogues with investigative mechanisms, two enhanced interactive dialogues, country-specific dialogues, and high-level interactive dialogue with more than 130 high dignitaries who delivered a record number of statements. During the session, the HRC also adopted 14 outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review and appointed six mandate holders of special procedures and expert mechanisms. Additionally, 30 resolutions were adopted on 22-23 March 2021.

Over the course of the 46th session, the HRC considered a number of human rights issues, which included the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fight against racism and discrimination, the relevance of poverty alleviation for human rights promotion, the use of the death penalty as a deterrent against crime, the combat against anti-Muslim hatred, and the protection of human rights defenders and reprisals. In parallel to these themes, the HRC addressed situations and human rights crises in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Belarus, Myanmar, Venezuela, and Yemen, among others.

The Council’s meetings were presided by the President H.E. Ms Nazhat Shameem Khan, and four Vice-Presidents from all regional groups, including H.E. Ms Keva Lorraine BAIN (Bahamas), H.E. Mr Ali Ibn Abi Talib Abdelrahman MAHMOUD (Sudan), H.E. Ms Monique T.G. Van Daalen (Netherlands), and H.E. Mr Yuri Borissov STERK (Bulgaria).

Due to the COVID-19 sanitary restrictions, the Council operated virtually until the end of the session. The Human Rights Council Secretariat ensured that the inclusive participation of the Member States and civil society organizations was guaranteed throughout the whole process.

The Geneva Centre followed and reported on 6 panels, 11 interactive dialogues, 14 UPR Outcomes and 4 general debates. A total of 42 reports has been produced and shared with approximately 500 stakeholders on a daily basis. The Geneva Centre reports have also been featured externally by partner organisations, including by United Nations Office in Geneva Library Sources and Geneva Environment Network, coordinated by UN Environment with the support from the Government of Switzerland.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Date View
Organizational Meeting of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council
8 February 2021
HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT Date View
Opening Meeting – High Level Segment
22 February 2021
High Level Segment – MENA Region Dignitaries
22 February 2021
PANELS Date View
Annual High-Level Panel Discussion on Human Rights Mainstreaming
22 February 2021
Biennial High-Level Panel Discussion on the Question of the Death Penalty
23 February 2021
Meeting on the Role of Poverty Alleviation in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights
26 February 2021
Annual Full Day Meeting on the Rights of the Child
1 March 2021
Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities
5 March 2021
Annual Debate on Racial Discrimination
12 March 2021
INTERACTIVE DIALOGUES Date View
Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the Occupied Palestinian Territory
24 February 2021
Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on Belarus
25 February 2021
Interactive Dialogue on Oral Update of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen
25 February 2021
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment
4 March 2021
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
4 March 2021
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
8-9 March 2021  
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
9 March 2021  
Interactive dialogue with the independent international fact-finding mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
10 March 2021  
Interactive dialogue on oral update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
11 March 2021  
Interactive dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
11-12 March 2021  
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
11-12 March 2021  
GENERAL DEBATES Date View
General debate on Item 2: the oral update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights
26 February – 2 March 2021
General debate on Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
9-10 March 2021
General debate on Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
12-15 March 2021
General debate on Item 10: Technical assistance and capacity‑building
 22-23 March 2021
UPR OUTCOMES Date View
Universal Periodic Review Outcomes of Belarus, Malawi, Liberia, Panama, Mongolia, Maldives, Andorra, Honduras, Bulgaria, Marshall Islands, United States of America, Croatia, Libya, Jamaica
16 to 18 March 2021
ORAL UPDATE BY THE HIGH-COMMISSIONER Date View
Oral Update by the High Commissioner  – Country Situations Across the World
26 February 2021
SUMMARY TABLES Date View
Summary Table of all reports submitted prior to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council
11 March 2021
Summary Table of all Draft Resolutions adopted during the 46th session of the Human Rights Council
23-24 March 2021
SUMMARY REPORT Date View
Summary Report
March 2021

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