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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 51ST SESSION

2022-10-13T10:34:05+02:002022, August 29th|INVOLVEMENT, UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, UN HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS|

The Geneva Centre closely monitored the 51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC51), held from 12 September to 7 October 2022 at Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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During the 51 session, the Council considered thematic issues including water and sanitation, unilateral coercive measures, contemporary forms of slavery, right to development, right to privacy in the digital age, truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, arbitrary detention, international order, the rights of indigenous peoples and people of African descent, mercenaries, older persons, hazardous substances and waste and enforced or involuntary disappearances.

Country-specific topics included an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan and an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights situation of women and girls in Afghanistan. An interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine and an interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s oral update on Ukraine were also held. Other country specific interactive dialogues were held on Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Syrian Arab Republic, Burundi, Belarus, Venezuela, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Cambodia, Somalia, Philippines and Central African Republic. Additionally, the Acting High Commissioner presented the report on the implementation of technical assistance and capacity-building for Cambodia, Georgia and Yemen.

Five Panel discussions were held during the session, including the Biennial Panel on the Right to Development (15 September), the Annual Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective (26 September), a Panel on the Right to Work in Connection to Climate Change Actions (27 September), the Annual Panel on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (28 September), and finally a Panel on the Negative Impact of Colonialism on Human Rights on 28 September.

The Council is appointed four mandate holders:

  • Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Ms. Ashwini K.P. (India)
  • Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Ms. Paula Gaviria (Colombia)
  • Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Ms. Margaret Satterthwaite (United States)
  • Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, member from Eastern European States, Ms. Ganna Yudkivska (Ukraine)

As well as the following members of the Advisory Committee:

  • Mr. Rabah Boudache (Algeria) and Mr. Sebastião Da Silva Isata (Angola), Group of African States
  • Mr. Yue Zhang (China) and Ms. Noor Al-Malki Al-Jehani (Qatar), Group of Asia-Pacific States
  • Ms. Vasilka Sancin (Slovenia), Group of Eastern European States
  • Ms. Milena Costas Trascasas (Spain), Group of Western European and other States
  • Mr. Javier Palummo (Uruguay), Group of Latin American and Caribbean States
  • Ms. Jewel G.L. Majorand (Bahamas) and Mr. Aldo de Campos Costa (Brazil), Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (by-election).

For queries or comments contact Ms. Reetta Delás Näsi: rdelas-nasi@gchragd.org

Cover photo: UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré / Flickr

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING                                             DATE VIEW
Organizational Meeting of the 51st session of the Human Rights Council
30 August 2022
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WEEKLY OVERVIEWS                                                           DATE VIEW
Week 1 Overview
12 September 2022
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Week 2 Overview
19 September 2022
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Week 3 Overview
26 September 2022
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Week 4 Overview
3 October 2022
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INTERACTIVE DIALOGUES                                               DATE VIEW
Interactive dialogue with the head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar
12 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan
12 September 2022
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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the human rights situation of women and girls in Afghanistan
12 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights
14-15 September 2022
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to development
16 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order
19 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue on the oral update by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
21 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue on the report of OHCHR on the progress made and remaining challenges with regard to the recommendations of the independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar
22 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
22 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression
23 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the interim oral update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Belarus
23 September 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on People of African Descent
03 October 2022
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Enhanced Interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner and International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement
03 October 2022
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Interactive dialogue on High Commissioner Oral Update on Ukraine
04 October 2022
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Enhanced Interactive dialogue on report of the High Commissioner and experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo
04 October 2022
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Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic
05 October 2022
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REPORT PRESENTATIONS AND ORAL UPDATES            DATE VIEW
Opening segment and Item 2 High Commissioners Oral Update
12 September 2022
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Item 3 – Briefings by ECOSOC President, Secretary General, High Commissioner and Working Groups
20-21 September 2022
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Oral Update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
26 September 2022
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Presentation of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General country reports and oral updates of Yemen, Cambodia and Georgia
05-06 October 2022
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PANEL DISCUSSIONS                                                       DATE VIEW
Biennial panel discussion on the right to development
15 September 2022
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Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective
26 September 2022
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Annual half-day panel discussion on the rights of Indigenous Peoples
28 September 2022
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GENERAL DEBATES DATE VIEW
General Debate on Agenda Item 2
13-14 September 2022
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General Debate on Agenda Item 3
20-21 September 2022
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General Debate on Agenda Item 4
26-27 September 2022
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DETAILED SUMMARIES                                                      DATE VIEW
Adoption of Draft Resolutions
6-7 October 2022
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