The 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is about to start! From 8 to 26 September, WILPF will be actively following panels, side events and resolutions, so make sure to follow us in discussing important human rights issues with UN member states, UN agencies and other NGOs.

Topics such as military expenditures, drones, the human rights situation in Syria and in Ukraine, the protection of the family, the right to peace and many more are all coming up in this session and WILPF will be taking part in those discussions very actively.

What is the Human Rights Council?

The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 and is composed of 47 states. It is the main United Nations intergovernmental forum dealing with human rights around the globe. This body seeks on the one hand to promote and protect human rights and on the other hand to address human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

HRC sessions such as the one that is about to start are an opportunity for civil society to interact with States and UN agencies and reflect on how to promote human rights and address violations.

WILPF’s participation

We will present and share various statements and advocacy documents on military expenditures, the right to peace, the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the use of drones. From human rights in Ukraine to the protection of the family, we will engage in as many topics as possible to keep you informed.

Over the course of this session, we will also organise three parallel events at the Palais des Nations, in order to bring our perspective on these issues:

  • military expenditures, 16 September, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, Room XXII
  • state responsibility towards the situation in Gaza, 19 September, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm (time and date to be confirmed), Room XXII
  • human rights of detainees in Syria, 23 September, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, Room XXIII

Follow the Human Rights Council from your sofa!

We will be posting blogs on our website on the most interesting subjects discussed during the HRC and its parallel events. We will also keep you updated on Facebook and Twitter on the meetings and events we are organising and attending.

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