Human Rights Council: session starting 14 September 2009
Thursday, 03 September 2009 11:06


The Human Rights Council (the Council) will hold its 12th session from 14 September to 2 October 2009 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It is the first session under the newly elected President, Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen of Belgium and his Bureau, and with the new members elected in May 2009 by the General Assembly. 


On 28 August 2009, President Van Meeuwen convened the usual organisational meeting,taking place before each session. On the same day, and building on the good practice of his predecessor, the President and part of his Bureau also met with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) present in Geneva for an exchange of views ahead of the session.


During the organisational meeting, the President presented the draft programme of work for the session. Roughly one week of the three-week session will be taken up by the adoption of reports of the UPR Working Group's 5th session, which took place in May 2009. Among the other expected highlights of the session will be the report of the  fact-finding mission to Gaza headed by Justice Goldstone, a panel discussion on the rights of migrants in detention centers, key thematic discussion and the reports by the special procedures mandates on Cambodia and Somalia. Read our full Council Alert for more information.


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