Opening of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council
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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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