Human Rights Council at 10: Building a Council for the future

17.06.2016

As the UN's Human Rights Council celebrates it's first decade, ISHR has capitalised on the occasion to provided different spaces for human rights defenders and decision makers to discuss progress, take stock of achievements and shortcomings, and to look ahead to how the Council could be improved.

(Geneva) - As the UN's Human Rights Council celebrates it's first decade, ISHR has capitalised on the occasion to provide different spaces for human rights defenders and decision makers to discuss progress, take stock of achievements and shortcomings, and to look ahead to how the Council could be improved.

On 13 June, ahead of the Human Rights Council's 32nd session, ISHR hosted a public panel discussion exploring the options for making the Council more accessible to human rights defenders, more effective at holding nations accountable and how to better prevent human rights violations from occurring in the first place. It presented a range of practical civil society proposals to reinforce the Council on a continued basis. 

This was followed by the official launch of our special edition of the Human Rights Council Monitor. More than 40 human rights experts, civil society leaders and diplomats have contributed their perspective on the Council's first decade, and present a detailed vision of the institution to come. L'édition spéciale du Moniteur des Droits de l'Homme sur l'anniversaire du Conseil est également disponible en français.

ISHR's Director of Human Rights Council Advocacy, Michael Ineichen, also delivered a joint statement to the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council urging more robust and objective discussion of sitautions of human rights violations by the Council, and a rigorous application of the expections on States that are members of the Council. Delivered on the occasion of the Council's official high-level anniversary panel, the statement was jointed by 10 other international and regional human rights organisations. 

It's important that these, and other contributions by States and civil society to reinforce the Council work are not forgottan as the anniversary celebrations end, but rather be used as a checklist of continues improvement towards a stronger UN rights body in the future.