Human Rights Council to start 13th session
Friday, 26 February 2010 16:53


un_room20_ss_gazaThe Human Rights Council (the Council) will hold its 13th session from 1 to 26 March 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The four-week-long meeting is the Council’s main session and is expected to conclude with the adoption of around 30 resolutions. ISHR has published a Council Alert, which highlights the main themes that will be discussed during the upcoming session.


On 18 February, President Van Meeuwen of Belgium convened an organisational meeting to prepare for the session. On 23 February 2010, he met with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) present in Geneva to exchange views on the upcoming session. During the organisational meeting, the President presented the draft programme of work for the session.


Among the expected highlights of the 13th session are a joint study by four special procedures on secret detention in the context of countering terrorism, whose inclusion on the programme of work has led to controversial negotiations before the session; continued discussion of several standard setting initiatives including a possible optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the draft Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, and the development of new international complementary standards to fight contemporary forms of racism; discussions on the renewal of special procedures mandates on Myanmar and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); and discussions on follow up to the ‘Goldstone report’ which was presented to the Council following its 9th special session on grave human rights violations committed by Israel in the occupied territories, in particular during the attack on the Gaza Strip. All reports to be considered at the upcoming session are available on the Council's website.


The Council will also dedicate almost one week of the session to the adoption of reports of the UPR Working Group’s 6th session, which took place in December 2009. See our UPR page for further information and summaries of past reviews.


On 23 February, Norway hosted a meeting to share information on planned initiatives. A list of announced resolutions is contained in our Council Alert.


ISHR will be reporting on key developments at the Council during the session, and provide an overview of the 13th session in our new publication, the Human Rights Monitor Quarterly. To receive updates from ISHR, you may subscribe to our RSS feeds or signup to receive email alerts. 

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