Posted by: lauraannwilson | March 3, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Council: Demystified


Yesterday the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) commenced in Geneva. I am privileged to be attending the Session with the Australian Permanent Mission. This blog provides a brief background on the HRC. It is designed to demystify the HRC Sessions and provide useful background information for the bogs that I will write from Sessions.

Background on the Human Rights Council

The HRC is a peak human rights body within the UN structure. It is an intergovernmental council.

The HRC consists of 47 Member States. Member States are elected for 3 year terms. To date, Australia has not been a Member of the Council. However, Australia will bid for membership status in 2018. Currently, Australia enjoys Observer status. Australia attends the sessions and is able to make statements during the sessions.

The HRC meets three times per year. The sessions run for a month. The current session is the 28th Session which runs from 2 – 30 March 2015. However, the HRC may also meet in special sessions to address particular key matters pertaining to country-specific issues or thematic issues.

The HRC aims to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights. It provides the opportunity for dialogue between Member States on key human rights issues. Observer States, accredited NGOs and civil society members are able to attend the sessions. These parties can also make statements during the sessions.

For further reading, please visit: To watch the HRC 28th Session live, or to access past sessions, please visit:

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