Human Rights Council to hold 14th session
Thursday, 27 May 2010 18:12


The Human Rights Council (the Council) will hold its 14th session from 31 May to 18 June 2010 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be the last session of the Council's 4th cycle, and the final session chaired by the outgoing President, Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen of Belgium. After this session the 14 new members elected to the Council by the General Assembly in May 2010 will take up their seats and a new President will be chosen. According to the principle that the presidency rotates among regional groups, the next president will be from the Group of Asian States. As the Council sets out on the 5-year review of its work and functioning, it will be particularly important to appoint an Ambassador with the ability to forge consensus and a commitment to a transparent and inclusive process.


On 20 May 2010, the President, convened an organisational meeting to present the draft programme of work for the upcoming session of the Council. Also at this meeting the Council elected Ambassador Pedro Oyarce, the new Ambassador of Chile, as vice-president. He replaces Mr Carlos Portales, the previous Chilean Ambassador, who has left Geneva.


Expected highlights of the session include the interactive dialogues with 18 special procedures; consideration of the joint sudy by four special procedures on secret detention; a report on reprisals against persons that have cooperated with the UN; panel discussions on women's human rights, protection of journalists in armed conflict, and maternal mortality; and debates on Haiti, the occupied Palestinian territories and the Sudan.


The full Council Alert is available here. ISHR will produce news stories on key debates and developments during the 14th session.

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