34th Human Rights Council: 27.02.-24.03.2017
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From February 27 until March 2, 2017, the 34th regular meeting of the Human Rights Council takes place in Geneva under the presidency of the Ambassador of El Salvador, H.E. Maza Martelli.
Since 2006, the Human Rights Council succeeded the “Commission for Human Rights” and is now the main body entrusted with the protection and promotion of human rights in the United Nations. To reach these goals, the Human Rights Council is provided with different instruments, like the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) or the appointment of Special Rapporteurs and commissions of inquiry.
In the 34th meeting, the 47 elected member states will again discuss pivotal matters of Human Rights as well as Human Rights violations under the famous ceiling of the “Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room”, designed by the artist Miguel Barceló.
After the presentation of the Annual Report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, top-ranking politicians from member states present their view on the current state of Human Rights worldwide. The following weeks’ discussions focus on topics like freedom of religion, rights of the child, minorities, the effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of Human Rights, or torture. Furthermore, the Council discusses the Human Rights situations in specific country contexts, like in Myanmar, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, South Sudan, Mali, Libya, Haiti and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Germany, together with Finland, Brazil and Namibia, initiates a resolution about the right to adequate housing as well as, together with Brazil, a resolution about the right to privacy. Moreover, Germany is among the eleven co-initiators of a resolution on the situation of Human Rights in Syria.
More detailed information on the various issues on the agenda can be found here:
The Council meetings are webcast live and can be viewed here: