Summary: Full details of the 20th Session of the Human Rights Council, due to take place from 18 June - 6 July 2012, including the programme of work, list of NGO statements, discussions scheduled to take place, and how NGOs can participate.
- Session closes: read about key resolutions adopted
- NGOs present closing statement
- Council appoints Special Rapporteurson Belarus / Eritrea
- Mandates extended in Cote d'Ivoire and Somalia
- Children's rights on the agenda in a number of discussions - see coverage below
- Commission of Inquiry reports on El Houla events during discussions on Syria
View the full list of reports submitted
Follow the latest news on discussions at the Council below:
Harmful practices: Gap still exists between law and reality
(Read more about the side event discussions)
- Migrants: Detention is not the answer, says UN Expert
- Discussions on: Occupied Palestinian Territories
- More country discussions, includiing Belarus
- Council holds discussions on Syria
- UN expert calls for justice for all victims of trafficking
- Discussions on violence against women / girls and reparations
Discussions with the WG on Business and Human Rights
: Focusing on awareness & implementation of UN Guiding Principles
- Discussions on extreme poverty
- Discussions on freedom of expression and arbitrary detention
- Discussions with UN experts on health and education
- 18 June - session opens with High Commissioner's report
- Read our coverage of the previous 19th session
Programme of work
View the programme for the 20th session
- Submission of NGO written statements (please use the submission form at the link below).
- Requests for NGO parallel-event rooms (on-line only)
- The online oral statement request form will open at 2pm (Geneva time), Friday, 15 June 2012.
Please consult the HRC NGO Participation page for further information
Below are selected reports to be presented during the session, which are relevant to children's rights:
- Special Rapporteur on the right to education
- Special Rapporteur on the right to health
- Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Thematic study
on the issue of violence against women and girls and disability
- Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children
- To view the full list of reports, click here.
The following resolutions were tabled at the 20th session, as announced in the organisational meeting:
- Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity (Cuba)
- Trafficking in persons, especially women and children (Germany and Philippines)
- The effects of foreign debt and other international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (Cuba)
- Promotion of the right of peoples to peace (Cuba)
- Human rights of internally displaced persons, theme on IDPs outside camps (Austria)
- The right to education (Portugal)
- Assistance to Côte d’Ivoire in the field of Human Rights (Senegal/African Group)
- Human rights situation in Belarus (EU)
- Accelerating efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women – theme on remedies (Canada)
- Human rights of migrants (Mexico)
- National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (Canada)
- Human rights and climate change (Bangladesh and Philippines)
- Promotion of human rights in the context of the use of internet (Sweden)
- Discrimination against women in law and in practice (Mexico and Colombia)
- Right to nationality with focus on women and children (USA)
- Right to conscientious objection within military service (Croatia)
- Arbitrary detention (France)
- Arbitrary deprivation of nationality - obstacles to enjoyment of human rights (Russia)
Based on previous June Council sessions, the following resolutions, although not announced at the organisational meeting, may also be tabled at the upcoming session
- Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
- Human rights situation in Syria
- Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
- Human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
- Extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions
- Extreme poverty and human rights
- Independence of judges and lawyers
- Technical assistance and cooperation on human rights for Kyrgyzstan
- Freedom of opinion and expression
- Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
- Follow-up of the report of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on the incident of the humanitarian flotilla
Side events focusing on children's rights, include:
Working Group on Children and Violence (WG-CAV) of the International Action for Child Rights
“Children, the indirect victims of violence against women”
Date / Venue: 21 June, 1-3pm / Room XXVII
Franciscans International / Anti-Slavery International
"A Discussion on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Prosecuting Cases of Human Trafficking"
Date / Venue: 22nd June, 2-4pm / Room XXII
Inter- African Committee on Traditional Practices IAC/CI-AF
"Harmful traditional practices against women and girls"
Date / Venue: 27 June 12pm / Room IX
For the full list of side-events, view the attached document above.
For the full list of NGO statements, click here.
There will be no UPR reports adopted during the 20th session.
Read about the deadlines for report submissions and booking rooms at the top of this page.
Information note for NGOs - including information on accreditation and NGO parallel events
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 roster.
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 email@example.com.
OHCHR NGO Liaison Office:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: + 41 (0)22 917 9656
Sources of Information / Follow the Session
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 19th 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
Subgroup on 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.
Alan Kikuchi-White, Geneva Representative
Or Veronica Yates, CRIN
pdf: http://www.crin.org/docs/HRC20 - Draft NGO side event calendar - 15-06-12-1.pdf