Features include interactive map, in-depth stories, and more.Download now. »
The week's top five must-sees,
delivered to your inbox.
The United Nations Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations System, and is one of the most prominent institutions of the United Nations. The UNHRC is the successor to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and is a subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly. The council works closely with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and engages the United Nations' Special procedures. The General Assembly established the UNHRC by adopting a resolution on 15 March 2006, in order to replace the previous CHR, which had been heavily criticised for allowing countries with poor human rights records to be members. The UNHRC has addressed different conflicts such as the Israeli-Palestinian one, and also addresses rights-related situations in countries such as in Burma, Guinea, North Korea, Côte d'Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Libya, Iran, and Sri Lanka. The UNHRC also addresses important thematic human rights issues such as freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion, Women's rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of racial and ethnic minorities. (via Freebase)