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The Human Rights Council (HRC) is the key human rights body in the United Nations system. Its main goal is to promote all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Council was established in 2006 by the UN General Assembly resolution 60/251 to succeed the work of the UN Commission on Human Rights and to strengthen the human rights dimension of the UN system

The Council is comprised of 47 member states elected by the General Assembly for a three-year term with the possibility of re-election to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The Czech Republic is a Human Rights Council member from 2011 to 2014 and intends to apply for membership again for the term 2019-2021. Both while sitting in the Council and when working as an observer state, the Czech Republic is an active player, taking part in general debates and interactive dialogues as well as in negotiations of resolutions. At the 24th session of the Council in autumn 2013, the Czech Republic authored and negotiated a resolution on equal political participation which was eventually adopted by consensus and co-sponsored by a large number of countries.   

The Council meets regularly three times a year (in March, June, and September), and also when the need arises, usually following the outbreak of a human rights crisis. During its meetings, the Council discusses situations in individual countries as well as thematic issues pertaining to human rights in all states. The objective of the HRC is to address situations of human rights violations, to prevent such violations through dialogue and cooperation, to promote the implementation of human rights obligations, to give recommendations to the General Assembly for development of international law or to promote the human rights education. The Council also undertakes the Universal Periodic Review.

HRC26: The Czech Republic addresses human rights situations in the world

The Czech Republic condemned the alarming restrictions to freedom of expression and media plurality in Iran, China and Russian Federation. more ►

HRC26: The Czech Republic on the human rights violations in the CAR

The Czech Republic intervened in the interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic Ms Marie-Therese Keita Bocoum who presented her first written report to the Human Rights Council.… more ►

HRC26: The Czech Republic calls on DPRK to halt human rights violations

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) must stop its large-scale violations of human rights, the Czech Republic said at the dialogue with Mr. Marzuki Darusman, UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the DPRK. The… more ►

HRC26: The Czech Republic calls for human rights improvements in Belarus

The situation of human rights in Belarus remains dire and is of concern, the Czech Republic said in the dialogue with Mr. Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, which took place at the 26th session of… more ►

HRC26: Czech Republic addresses the human rights situation in Syria

The Czech Republic expressed its deep concern by the widespread and systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria. more ►

HRC26: The Czech Republic condemned human rights violations in Eritrea

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Eritrea Ms Sheila Keetharuth, the Czech Republic condemned the continuing massive human rights violations in the country. more ►

HRC26: Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

The Czech Republic intervened in the Interactive Dialogue of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council with the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Ms. Gabriela Knaul on the issue of judicial accountability and… more ►

HRC26: The Czech Republic defends OHCHR independence

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) must be able to act as an independent force, the Czech Republic underscored at the opening of the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC26) 10 June 2014. The Czech… more ►

HRC26: The Czech Republic on freedom of expression, assembly and association

The Czech Republic participated in the Interactive Dialogue of the Human Rights Council with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of… more ►

HRC25: The Czech Republic on worrying human rights situations in the world

The Czech Republic condemned the troubling human rights situation in Syria, DPRK, Iran and China. In its intervention on situations that require the Human Rights Council’s attention, it also pronounced its concerns about the recent developments… more ►

HRC: Czech Republic defends purity of UPR process, condemns reprisals

The Czech Republic has defended the fundamental features of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. more ►

More effort needed to sustain transition in Myanmar/Burma, Czech Republic says

Although encouraged by reform efforts and past releases of political prisoners in Myanmar/Burma, the Czech Republic underlines that further efforts are needed to sustain the transition process in the country. more ►

Human rights in DPRK: Czech Republic urges action to stop atrocities

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The Czech Republic has urged for a strong action to stop systematic human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported recently by the UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI). more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic in a dialogue on Syria

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The Czech Republic expressed its dismay at the continued widespread gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria. more ►

The Czech Republic addressed the human rights situation in Iran

Within the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, held in Geneva on 17th March 2014, the Czech Republic called on Iran to establish cooperation with… more ►

HRC: Czech Republic calls for protection of civil society

Civil society is „indispensable for any genuine attempt to ensure and sustain human rights for all“, the Czech Republic underlined at the Human Rights Council (HRC) panel on the promotion and protection of civil society space held on 11 March… more ►

HRC: The Czech Rep. on the interlink between free discourse and religious freedoms

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The close interlink between free discourse and religious freedoms was stressed by the Czech Republic during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief that took place on 12 March 2013 in Geneva. more ►

HRC: The Czech Rep. in the Interactive Dialogues on Torture and the HR Defenders

On 10th March 2014, the Czech Republic participated in the Interactive Dialogues with the UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. more ►

UPR18: Czech Republic makes 42 recommendations to 9 countries

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The Czech Republic made a total of 42 recommendations to 9 countries under human rights scrutiny at the winter session of the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva (27 January-7 February 2014). Further, the Czech Republic sent all 14 countries… more ►

HRC: Czech statement on Item 2 focuses on civil society, Egypt, Myanmar/Burma, DPRK

Civil society and a wide democratic space are key for the realization of human rights, underlined the Czech Republic in the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva on 7 March 2014. The Czech intervention also… more ►

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic addressed the Human Rights Council

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On 4th March 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek addressed the High-Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council. more ►

Minister of Foreign Affairs will address HRC and CD

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n 4th March 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek will address the High-Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council and of the Conference on Disarmament. more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic on the Central African Republic

The Czech Republic supported convening of the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in the Central African Republic, which was held in Geneva on 20th January 2014. more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic takes steering role at the Council

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The Czech Republic has assumed a leadership role in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic on worrying human rights situations in the world

The Czech Republic remains deeply concerned about the deplorable human rights situation in Syria, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Belarus and China. more ►

HRC: Czech resolution on equal political participation adopted by consensus

On 26th September, the UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution stressing the importance of equal political participation. more ►

The Czech Republic on Somalia, Sudan and the Central African Republic

The Czech Republic intervened in the Interactive Dialogues of the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council with the Independent Experts for Somalia and Sudan and on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic. more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic concerned about human rights violations in DPRK

The Czech Republic is deeply concerned about continuing grave and systematic violations of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and urges Pyongyang to fully cooperate with the UN Commission of Inquiry established… more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic addressed the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

The Czech Republic intervened in the interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria. more ►

The Czech Republic on promotion of truth and justice

The Czech Republic intervened in the Interactive Dialogue of the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff. more ►

HRC: The Czech Republic on Egypt, political participation and Myanmar/ Burma

In a debate opening the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Czech Republic has expressed concern over violence in Egypt and Myanmar/ Burma and commended the UN High Commissioner's work facilitating political participation. more ►