Opening of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council

Sep 11, 2017

Uno Geneva, Human Rights Council Room Enlarge image (© UNOG, Jean-Mark Ferre)

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) holds its 36th session between September 11 and 29 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The council is presided by Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, the Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the UN.

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. 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).

During the opening of the 36th session, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights presents his oral update to the council. The Council will treat the death penalty, the rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, conscientious objection to military service and the rights of older people, for instance. Furthermore, the council will deal with the human rights situation in Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Sudan, the Central African Republic and Somalia. Together with France, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Great Britain, and the USA, Germany submits a resolution on Human Rights in Syria.

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28.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to Item 10 - General Debate

28.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to Item 10 - Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Central African Republic

27.09.2017: German Statement at the 36thHCR to Item10 - Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

27.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to Item 10 - Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan

27.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR on the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cambodia

26.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to Item 10 - Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Democratic Republic of the Congo

25.09.2017: Deutsches Statement vor dem 36. MRR zum Bericht der Expertengruppe für Menschen afrikanischer Abstammung nach ihrem Besuch in Deutschland

22.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR on the UPR Outcomes Philippines

21.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR on the UPR Outcomes Tunisia

21.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to ITEM 6 - UPR outcomes - Ecuador

20.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to Item 5 – Human Rights bodies and mechanisms: Cooperation with the UN

19.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR to Item 4 – General Debate

19.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR on the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar

18.09.2017: German Statement at the 36th HCR on Item 4 - Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Republic of Burundi

18.09.2017: Deutsches Statement vor dem 36. MRR zu ITEM 4 - Interaktiver Dialog zu dem Bericht der Menschenrechtskommission zu Südsudan

18.09.2017: Detusches Statement vor dem 36. MRR zu Item 4 – Interaktiver Dialog mit der Untersuchungskommission von Syrien

11.09.2017: Deutsches Statement vor dem 36. MRR zu Item 3 –Gebündelter interaktiver Dialog mit dem unabhängigen Experten und dem Sonderberichterstatter über das Recht von älteren Menschen auf Zugang zu Wasser und sanitären Einrichtungen.