Members of the UN Human Rights Council
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In the month of November, various universal and regional bodies will assess States’ compliance with their human rights obligations through debates, the consideration of State and civil society reports, country visits, and the review of individual complaints. Six United Nations treaty bodies will meet throughout November to engage with States regarding their treaty obligations related to civil and political rights, torture, the rights of women, racial discrimination, and slavery. The UN Human Rights Council will host panel discussions and forums related to business and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and minority issues. Further, the Human Rights Council will wrap up the Universal Periodic Review Working Group session that began last month. Six UN special rapporteurs will conduct country visits and three working groups will meet in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss issues pertaining to arbitrary detention, people of African descent, and the use of mercenaries. The 71st regular session of the United Nations General Assembly continues in New York this month, as well.
Regionally, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights will all be in session. Finally, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear three cases, related to the right to nondiscrimination in the context of receiving pensions based on employment, the right to life in the context of adequate medical treatment, and the right to privacy where an employer viewed personal correspondence of an employee.
The UN treaty body sessions and the public hearings of the European Court, Inter-American Commission, Inter-American Court, and African Court may be watched via UN Web TV, the European Court’s website, the Inter-American Commission’s website, Vimeo, and YouTube, respectively. To view human rights bodies’ past and future activities, visit the IJRC Hearings & Sessions Calendar. Read more