The Geneva Centre monitored the UN Human Rights Council meetings during its 49th regular session (HRC49).
The forty-ninth session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC49) was held at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 28 February to 1 April 2022. The 5-week session consisted of 7 panel discussions and one thematic meeting, 11 Interactive Dialogues with the Special Procedures mandate holders and investigative mechanisms, 11 Interactive Dialogues with the High Commissioner, 3 Enhanced Interactive Dialogues, and a High-Level Segment (HLS). The Council adopted outcomes of the UPR of thirteen states and appointed 11 mandate holders of Special Procedures and Expert Mechanisms.
The 49th session opened with the Oral updates of the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the President of the Swiss confederation as the host country, which was followed by the HLS. Over the course of the 49th session, a number of thematic and country specific human rights issues were addressed.
Thematic areas/discussions included topics related to economic, social and cultural rights, civil and political rights and the rights of specific groups, including the Annual Discussion on the Rights of the Child, freedom of religion or belief, protection of human rights defenders, torture, rights of people belonging to minorities, protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, human rights and environment, and the right to food and adequate housing, among others.
Country specific topics included human rights situations in Afghanistan, Belarus, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DPRK, Eritrea, Islamic Republic of Iran, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nicaragua, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syrian Arab Republic, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tigray region of Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
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