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News code: 24799
Published Date: Monday 26 February 2018 - 12:50:23

Human Rights Council 37th Session kicks off in Geneva

Human Rights Council 37th Session kicks off in Geneva
IRAN  - The United Nations Human Rights Council is slated to hold its 37th session from 26 February to 23 March 2018 aiming to review human rights conditions in over 30 countries including Ukraine, Syria and Yemen.

Present delegations at the meeting, during the four-week talks in Geneva, will discuss and exchange views over various issues including protection of children in armed conflicts, providing rights to people with physical disabilities, fighting racism and racial discrimination.

Keynote speakers at the opening ceremony will comprise UN Secretary-General António Guterres, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák as well as Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein who is the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Also in the high-level talks, representatives from more than 100 countries and international organizations will participate in three-day debates.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Lavrov is also scheduled to deliver a speech on February 28.

Discussions are planned to be made on March 21 about Ukraine, on March 13 about Syria and on March 19 on the situation in the occupied territories of Palestine.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a United Nations System inter-governmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world.

 Its 47 seats are filled by member states elected for three-year terms.

The UNHRC is the successor to the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR, herein CHR), and is a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly. The council works closely with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and engages the United Nations' special procedures.

The General Assembly established the UNHRC by adopting a resolution (A/RES/60/251) on 15 March 2006, in order to replace the previous CHR, which had been heavily criticized for allowing countries with poor human rights records to be members. However, many of the current 47 UNHRC member states are criticized for poor human rights.

News Code: 24799
Published Date: Monday 26 February 2018 - 12:50:23
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