Human Rights Council review: first steps
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 14:33



Preparations for the five-year review of the Human Rights Council have begun both in Geneva and New York.


In Geneva, the President of the Council, Mr Alex van Meeuwen has begun consultations on how to structure the review of the Council’s work and functioning that it will begin in the latter part of 2010. A Working Group has been established for this purpose and its first session will take place from 25 to 29 October. ISHR together with a number of other NGOs from all regions have put forward a proposal for how to structure the review process to ensure that it involves a proper assessment of how the Council has fulfilled the mandate given to it by the General Assembly. A joint NGO side event will be held on Friday, 14 May 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to present the proposed framework for the review.


While the formal review process in Geneva will not begin until October, informal discussions are already under way at the initiative of different States and groupings of States. More information about the outcome of these meetings is available on the OHCHR Web site


One of the important issues that will be discussed during the review will be how the Council has used its system of special procedures to help it fulfil its mandate. Together with other NGOs we have proposed a set of principles to strengthen the system of special procedures and ensure a successful outcome of the review.


In New York, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein and Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki of Morocco, have been appointed to serve as Co-Facilitators for the consultations on the General Assembly’s review of the Human Rights Council status in the UN system. ISHR will closely monitor both the Geneva and New York processes and will provide analysis of and input to the discussions. 

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