Human Rights Council concludes 16th session with notable success
Friday, 25 March 2011 20:52


On 25 March 2011, the Human Rights Council (the Council) concluded its 16th session after four weeks of meetings. The session was marked by several strong and unprecedented country resolutions, and important thematic debates. Among the key developments was the first-time ever establishment of a new country specific special procedure (a new Special Rapporteur on Iran), resolutions on Tunisia, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Myanmar, and the renewal of key special procedures mandates including on human rights defenders, freedom of expression, torture, water, minority issues, and racism. The President of the Council appointed mandate holders to the posts of Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly (Maina Kiai, Kenya) and to the Working Group on discrimination against women (Emma Aouij (Tunisia), Mercedes Barquet (Mexico), Kamala Chandrakirana (Indonesia), Frances Raday (Israel/United Kingdom), Eleonora Zielinska (Poland)). 


The Council also formally adopted the outcome of its review of its work and functioning


See ISHR's joint end-of-session statement


The next edition of the Human Rights Monitor Quarterly (April 2011) will analyse developments during the 16th session. 

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