The Geneva Centre closely monitored the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC53), held from 19 June to 14 July 2023 at Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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During the 53 session, the Council considered thematic issues including the interactive dialogues on the rights of migrants, discrimination against women and girls, health, freedom of expression, leprosy, poverty, casualty recording, climate change, IDPs, peaceful assembly, trafficking, education, among others.
Country-specific topics include an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan, and on the High Commissioner’s oral update on Ukraine. An interactive dialogue on the oral updates of the Fact-Finding Mission on the Islamic Republic of Iran will be also held. Other country specific interactive dialogues were held on OPT, Eritrea, Myanmar, Syrian Arab Republic, Belarus, Venezuela, and Burundi. Additionally, the High Commissioner provided reports of the Office’s activities and oral updates of Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.
The panel discussions analyzed human rights violations against Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar; Women’s rights; the adverse impact of climate change and, finally, the role of media in achieving freedom of expression.
The Council deferred the appointment of four mandate holders to the next session because of a lack of consensus, extending the four current mandate holders until the appointment of their successors:
- Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity,
- The Special Rapporteur on minority issues,
- The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and
- The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
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Cover photo: credits Werner Bayer