Human Rights Council Session 10

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The 10th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will be held from 2 to 27 March 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in Room XVII.


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NGO participation

Information note for NGOs - including information on accreditation and NGO parallel events

Written statements

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC may submit written statements relevant to the
work of the Human Rights Council.

The HRC Secretariat wishes to draw the attention of NGOs to ECOSOC resolution
1996/31, which authorises written statements of: a) 2,000 words for NGOs in general
consultative status; and b) 1,500 words for NGOs in special consultative status and on the

NGO written statements are to be submitted in accordance with the guidelines for the
submission of NGO written statements:

NGOs may submit their written statements to the Council Secretariat electronically to

The deadline for the submission of written statements is Friday 13 February 2009.

OHCHR NGO Liaison Office:

The NGO focal point from the Council Secretariat, together with the Civil Society Unit of OHCHR will be facilitating the participation of NGO representatives in the work of the Council:

• Ms. Elena Kountouri Tapiero, Human Rights Officer, Human Rights Council
Secretariat, Phone: +41 22 917 96 72, E-mail:

• Ms. Constanze Schimmel, Intern, Civil Society Unit, Phone: +41 22 917 97 70, E-

Contact information, as well as the NGO liaison office location accessible during the session will be communicated at a later stage.


Special Procedures

Read the full list of all Special Procedures mandate holders here

Find out more about Special Procedures

Special Procedures: Facts and Figures 2007

Special Procedures Country Visits 2009


Sources of information

CRIN - sign up to the special HRC CRINMAIL.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Press releases are issued by the HRC on a daily basis during HRC sessions and are available on the OHCHR website. In addition, relevant documents are posted on the Human Rights Council extranet (sign up).

Relevant and updated information on the 5th session of the HRC will be regularly posted on the HRC Extranet. Username: hrc extranet - Password: 1session.

A live Webcast service will be available under the Council’s webpage, covering the plenary session online, and will be accessible through this link.

Civil society news and perspectives are available on the CONGO website (Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) - ISHR: Human Rights Council daily updates

UN - FAQs about the Human Rights Council


Working Group for the HRC

The Working group for the Human Rights Council, of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, brings together NGOs willing to promote the rights of the child at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The WG’s aim so far has been to ensure that the Human Rights Council addresses the specific rights and situations of children worldwide in its regular work and sessions on human rights. By advocating for the inclusion of its concerns into the Council's Resolutions, the NGO community has ensured better support and coherence between international politics and local realities affecting the realisation of children's rights.

The WG was active during the negotiations on the creation of the Human Rights Council and during consultations on the first session of the Council.

It produced a call for action in May 2006, calling on the Human Rights Council to act on four specific child rights issues: violence against children - sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography - children affected by armed conflict and displacement - children in conflict with the law.


Universal Periodic Review (what is this?)

The first session of the Working Group on UPR was held from 7 to 18 April 2008 in Geneva, at Palais des Nations. The fourth session held was being from 2 to 13 February 2009. A special webpage has been launched on the OHCHR website (internet):

CRIN has produced a special information page on the UPR: and has distributed a UPR tookit produced by the Working Group.

We have also produced reports on child rights in the submissions for the first and second session.


Useful contacts

For more information about the Working Group for the Human Rights Council, contact:
Cecile Trochu, co-Convenor

or Jennifer Grant, co-Convenor
Save the Children UK

Any other enquiries:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
East Studio
2, Pontypool Place, London, SE1 8QF, United Kingdom
+44 20 7401 2257




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