Under the presidency of Vojislav Šuc, the member states will discuss the global human rights situation and adopt resolutions in order to promote the respect and protection of human rights. Germany has been a member of the Human Rights Council since the end of 2015, its term will expire in the end of 2018.
The Human Rights Council holds three sessions per year, each of them for several weeks. The session hold in June traditionally focuses on topic related to women’s rights. Accordingly, resolutions on violence against women, discrimination against women, female genital mutilation and the impact of climate change on women will be discussed during the upcoming session. Other important topics of the upcoming session resolutions on civil society space or the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests.
In addition to these topical issues, the Human Rights Council will deal with the human rights situations in Belarus, Eritrea, Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Germany will submit a resolution on Syria with the USA, France, Italy and Saudi-Arabia as well as Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Morocco. This resolution is closely linked to the resolution on human rights in Syria adopted in the March session of the Council, which reached a continuation of the inquiry mandate and was also submitted by Germany.
The Human Rights Council succeeded the Commission on Human Rights in 2006 as the UN's main body for the protection and the promotion of human rights. Its 47 member states are elected by the UN General Assembly for a period of three years. .There are different instruments at the Council's disposal to help it carry out its mandate, such as the universal periodic review (UPR) or the special rapporteurs and commissions of inquiry (CoI). In the past, these mechanisms could contribute to the investigation on human rights violations and the adoption of solutions for difficult situations.
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