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#GlobalLeadership: A Record of U.S. Engagement at the UN Human Rights Council

In 2009, President Obama decided that the United States should seek election to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), a body with a decidedly mixed record of success in promoting and protecting human rights.

Reviewing Sri Lanka's Progress at the Human Rights Council

The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) will hold its 32nd session from June 13 to July 1. This is an important moment for Sri Lanka's coalition government, which is led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Show More Summary

CoE Wants Macedonian Border Police to Undergo Human Rights Training

The Council of Europe recommended the Macedonian border police on Wednesday to go through human rights training.

Thailand faces 'moment of shame' at U.N. rights council review

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand faces a "moment of shame" when the U.N. Human Rights Council reviews its rights record on Wednesday, a rights group said, amid fresh arrests of online critics accused of criticizing the junta.

Pakistan's Sister's Council: 'Men have to listen to us'

Tabbasum Adnan explains how she went from being an abused child bride to an acclaimed human rights defender.

UN Human Rights Council Plans to Target Ireland for Protecting Unborn Children From Abortion

Pro-life supporters in Ireland are not surprised at reports that the United Nations plans to facilitate further attacks on the country’s constitutional pro-life laws when the Human Rights Council meets in Geneva next week as part of its Universal Periodic Review into the human rights records of Member States. It is becoming something of a […]

'Dangerous Trend': Human Rights, Freedom, Democracy Under Threat in Europe

The EU is facing huge challenges when it comes to freedom, migration, terrorism and human rights, according to the latest report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Reflections on the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

When President Obama decided the United States would seek election to the Human Rights Council in 2009, he invested in the idea that sustained American leadership could and would redirect the Council’s focus toward its central purpose -- the promotion and protection of human rights aroun

U.S. condemns U.N. call for list of firms operating in West Bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that calls for setting up a database of businesses operating in the occupied West Bank, a move that Israel has called a "blacklist."

UN Human Rights Council to create ‘blacklist’ database of settlement businesses

The United Nations Human Rights Council will “produce a database of all business enterprises” operating in Israel’s settlements in territory occupied in 1967. The company blacklist was approved as part of a series of five resolutions...Show More Summary

UN to Vote on Database of All Businesses dealing with illegal Israeli Squatter Settlements

TeleSur | – – The U.N. resolution, which angered EU countries, says certain companies and enterprises are helping the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements. The United Nations Human Rights Council will vote…

Israel slams U.N. body's call for 'blacklist' of settlement companies

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Thursday assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for adopting a measure that calls for the establishment of a database of businesses "involved in activities" in the occupied West Bank...

U.N. will continue monitoring human rights in Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to renew its agreement with a special rapporteur to continue monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in Iran. The resolution was adopted with 20 countries voting to extend the mandate of Ahmed Shaheed, while 15 nations opposed...

U.N. sets up inquiry into South Sudan human rights violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council decided on Wednesday to set up a three-person commission to investigate human rights abuses in South Sudan, making a last minute amendment to a resolution to significantly bolster scrutiny of the country.

U.N. rights forum sets up group to pursue crimes by North Korea

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday set up a group of independent experts to study how to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed by North Korea, but Pyongyang immediately rejected the move as politically motivated.

Hundreds of Scholars Demand Justice for Assassinated Honduran Indigenous Activist Berta Cáceres

Latin America experts penned an open letter demanding an end to human rights violations and impunity. The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous organizations of Honduras (COPINH) is calling for “national and international solidarity...Show More Summary

Fighting Terrorism Without Violating Human Rights

This is the speech I delivered at the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 18, 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland: Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant. Show More Summary

Council of Europe Rights Commissioner Urges Turkey to Release Academics

The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner on Friday urged Ankara to release three Turkish academics after they criticized the government over security operations in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

AFL-CIO Joins International Mission Demanding Accountability and Human Rights Protections in Honduras

On March 3, human rights activists denounced the assassination of Berta Cáceres, a leader for indigenous rights and environmental justice with the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras. The Ides of March in Honduras...Show More Summary

NGOs Knock Down UK for Refusing to Accept UN's Ruling on Assange Detention

NGOs at the United Nations Human Rights Council have hit out at the UK for making "offensive remarks" and setting a "dangerous precedent" by refusing to take the advice from a UN working group which ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was being "arbitrarily detained."

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