#HRC33 | Council programme, appointments and resolutions

06.09.2016

At this upcoming session, four expert panel discussions will be held, five vacant Special Procedures mandate positions will be filled and over 20 resolutions will be discussed. 

Organisational meeting

During the organisational meeting for the 33rd session, the pesident of the Human Rights Council encouraged all delegations and organisations to contribute to a constructive working atmosphere, stressing that it is essential for the effective functioning of the Council. He urged States to ensure that consultations on resolutions are scheduled in a timely and transparent manner.

As it did in previous sessions, the Council has limited the overall time for its interactive dialogues with special procedures to four hours, by reducing the individual speaking time for States. In sessions lasting 2 hours, the speaking time allotted to members and groups will be of 5 minutes, and 3 minutes for observers. If sessions last up to 4 hours, speaking time allotted to members and groups will be of 3 minutes, and 2 minutes for observers. Speaking time may be further reduced if meetings appear to last longer than 4 hours. The overall time allocated to civil society was already limited to 30 minutes, and will remain unchanged. These time restrictions are applicable to the clustered dialogue only. Speaking times for non-clustered sessions shall remain the same (three minutes for members and two minutes for observers). The President urged all those speaking at the session to exercise self-restraint in the preparation of statements, and reiterated that time limits will be enforced.

Appointment of mandate holders

The following vacancies among Special Procedures mandate holders will be filled at this session.

  • Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
  • Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of.
  • An expert from the Eastern European States to the Working Group on arbitrary detention.
  • The first Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

All candidates are available here.

In view of the pending appointments, it is relevant to recall that in appointing mandate holders, the President of the Council is required to give particular attention to the need to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest. Mandate holders should also be genuinely committed to the independence and effectiveness of the special procedures system, and have a demonstrated commitment to civil society engagement and participation.

Officers of the Human Rights Council

A newly appointed members of the Bureau for the 10th cycle includes H.E. Mr Geert MUYLLE (Belgium), Vice President and Rapporteur.

Panel discussions

During each Council session, panel discussions are held to provide member states and NGOs opportunities to hear from subject-matter experts and raise questions. The are four such panel discussions scheduled for this session.

  • Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand and Slovenia will convene a high-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations declaration on human rights and training. It will be held on Wednesday 14 September from 15:00 to 18:00. The panel aims to give further impetus to the national implementation of human rights education and training; the President of the Council will chair the event, while the High Commissioner for Human Rights will present the opening statement.
  • The annual half-day discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples will be held on Tuesday 20 September between 10:00 and 14:00 pursuant to HRC resolution 30/04. The discussion, sponsored by Mexico and Guatemala, will focus on the systematic causes of violence against indigenous women and girls, in particular the lack of access to justice.
  • A panel discussion on youth and human rights will be held Tuesday 22 September between 12:00 and 15:00. The panel is sponsored by Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, France, Philippines, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Moldova, Portugal, and Tunisia. The panel, convened in pursuance to resolution 32/1, aims to identify the challenges, best practices and lessons learnt on this topic.
  • Chile will lead the annual discussion on the integration of gender perspective into the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. It will be held on Monday 26 September from 9:00 to 12:00.

Resolutions to be presented to the Council’s 33rd session

[As announced at the organisational meeting on 31 August; States sponsoring the resolution in brackets]

  • Resolution on the right to development (Iran)
  • Resolution on providing technical assistance and technical operations to Yemen (Qatar)
  • Resolution on human rights and transitional justice (Argentina, Morocco, Switzerland)
  • Resolution on the protection of human rights and of fundamental freedoms in the fight against terrorism (Mexico)
  • Resolution on the on contemporary forms of slavery for the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur (United Kingdom)
  • Resolution on the human rights situation in Syria (United Kingdom – as part of a core group)
  • Resolution on human rights and indigenous peoples (Mexico, Guatemala)
  • Resolution on the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (Mexico, Guatemala)
  • Resolution on the review of the mandate of the expert mechanism on indigenous peoples (Mexico, Guatemala)
  • Resolution on technical assistance and capacity building to improve human rights in South Sudan (South Africa)
  • Resolution on the human rights of the elderly for the renewal of mandate of independent expert in addition to other substantive elements (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Resolution on the issue of safety of journalists (Austria, Brazil, France, Greece, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia)
  • Resolution on national human rights institutions and domestic implementation (Australia)
  • Resolution on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation for the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur (Germany, Spain)
  • Resolution on the human rights situation in Georgia (Georgia)
  • Resolution on arbitrary detention for the renewal of the mandate of Working Group (France)
  • Resolution on the role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights (Egypt, Chile, Romania, South Korea)
  • Resolution on human rights in Sudan (United States, African Group)
  • Resolution on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights for the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur (Burkina Faso, Colombia, New Zealand)
  • Resolution on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur (Brazil)
  • Resolution on cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage (Cyprus, Ethiopia, Greece, Iraq, Mali, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland)
  • Resolution on enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity building in the field of human rights (Brazil, Honduras, Indonesia, Morocco, Qatar, Singapore, Turkey, Norway, Thailand)
  • Resolution on equal participation in political and public affairs (Czech Republic, Botswana, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru)
  • Resolution on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights (Ukraine)