Hearings & Sessions

This calendar displays upcoming sessions and hearings held by regional and universal human rights monitoring bodies, special rapporteurs and independent experts’ country visits, annual assemblies of intergovernmental organizations, and international days observed by the United Nations. For the brief description of an event, hover over the entry.  For additional details, click on the event.  To submit an event for inclusion in the calendar, please contact IJRC.

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* UN Trust Fund - Slavery UN Trust Fund - Slavery

The Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery will hold its 22nd Session from November 27 to December 1, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* SP Freedex - Mexico SP Freedex - Mexico

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom and opinion of expression agreed to visit Mexico from November 27 - December 4, 2017.

* Forum on Minority Issues Forum on Minority Issues

The 10th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues will be held from November 27 to December 1, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

* WG on Mercenaries 32ndWG on Mercenaries 32nd

The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination will hold its 30th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 27 to December 1, 2017.

* Committee Against Torture 62ndCommittee Against Torture 62nd

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its 62nd Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 6 to December 6, 2017, to review the State reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1.

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* SP Freedex - Mexico SP Freedex - Mexico

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom and opinion of expression agreed to visit Mexico from November 27 - December 4, 2017.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* Committee Against Torture 62ndCommittee Against Torture 62nd

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its 62nd Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 6 to December 6, 2017, to review the State reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.

* Slavery Abolition DaySlavery Abolition Day

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on December 2.

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* SP Freedex - Mexico SP Freedex - Mexico

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom and opinion of expression agreed to visit Mexico from November 27 - December 4, 2017.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* Committee Against Torture 62ndCommittee Against Torture 62nd

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its 62nd Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 6 to December 6, 2017, to review the State reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.

* Persons with Disabilities DayPersons with Disabilities Day

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3.

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* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* SP Freedex - Mexico SP Freedex - Mexico

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom and opinion of expression agreed to visit Mexico from November 27 - December 4, 2017.

* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* Committee Against Torture 62ndCommittee Against Torture 62nd

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its 62nd Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 6 to December 6, 2017, to review the State reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.

* European Cttee Social RightsEuropean Cttee Social Rights

The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 296th Session in Strasbourg, France from December 4 to 8, 2017.

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* World Soil DayWorld Soil Day

UN World Soil Day is observed on December 5, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* European Cttee Social RightsEuropean Cttee Social Rights

The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 296th Session in Strasbourg, France from December 4 to 8, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* Committee Against Torture 62ndCommittee Against Torture 62nd

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its 62nd Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 6 to December 6, 2017, to review the State reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.

* International Volunteer DayInternational Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is observed on December 5.

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* ECtHR: Molla Sali v. GreeceECtHR: Molla Sali v. Greece

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing on the case of Molla Sali v. Greece on December 6, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* Committee Against Torture 62ndCommittee Against Torture 62nd

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its 62nd Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 6 to December 6, 2017, to review the State reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.

* European Cttee Social RightsEuropean Cttee Social Rights

The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 296th Session in Strasbourg, France from December 4 to 8, 2017.

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* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* Civil Aviation DayCivil Aviation Day

UN International Civil Aviation Day is observed on December 7, 2017.

* Inter-American Commission Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold its 166th Extraordinary Period of Sessions from November 29 - December 7, 2017 in at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Hearings will be held on matters involving Canada and the United States.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* European Cttee Social RightsEuropean Cttee Social Rights

The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 296th Session in Strasbourg, France from December 4 to 8, 2017.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* CERD 94th SessionCERD 94th Session

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will hold its 94th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from November 20 to December 8, 2017 to review the State reports of Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia, and Slovakia.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* European Cttee Social RightsEuropean Cttee Social Rights

The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 296th Session in Strasbourg, France from December 4 to 8, 2017.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* Victims of Genocide Day Victims of Genocide Day

UN International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime is observed on December 9, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* Anti-Corruption DayAnti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on December 9.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed on December 10.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* International Mountain DayInternational Mountain Day

UN International Mountain Day is observed on December 11, 2017.

* SP Violence against Women SP Violence against Women

Time: 12:00 am

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women agreed to visit the Bahamas from December 11-15, 2017.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* Day of NeutralitDay of Neutralit

UN International Day of Neutrality is observed on December 12, 2017.

* SP Violence against Women SP Violence against Women

Time: 12:00 am

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women agreed to visit the Bahamas from December 11-15, 2017.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* SP Violence against Women SP Violence against Women

Time: 12:00 am

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women agreed to visit the Bahamas from December 11-15, 2017.

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* WG on Women Discrimination WG on Women Discrimination

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice agreed to visit Chad from December 4-14, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* SP Violence against Women SP Violence against Women

Time: 12:00 am

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women agreed to visit the Bahamas from December 11-15, 2017.

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* SR Poverty - United StatesSR Poverty - United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will conduct a country visit in the United States of America from December 4 to 15, 2017.

* WG Arbitrary DetentionWG Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to visit Sri Lanka from December 4-15, 2017.

* SP Violence against Women SP Violence against Women

Time: 12:00 am

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women agreed to visit the Bahamas from December 11-15, 2017.

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* International Migrants DayInternational Migrants Day

International Migrants Day is observed on December 18.

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* ECtHR: Beuze v. BelgiumECtHR: Beuze v. Belgium

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing on Beuze v. Beligum on December 20, 2017.

* Human Solidarity DayHuman Solidarity Day

International Human Solidarity Day is observed on December 20.

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