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Human Rights Council

United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) is the key human rights body in the United Nations system. Its main goal is to globally protect and 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. It comprises 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 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.

The Czech Republic is currently a member of the UN HRC for the term 2019 to 2021. Previously, it served as a Member during the first year of the Council's existence (2006-2007) and from 2011 to 2014. The Czech Republic is an active country at the Council, taking part in general debates and interactive dialogues as well as in negotiations of resolutions. At the September sessions of the Council in 2013, 2014 and 2018, the Czech Republic authored and negotiated a resolution on equal political and public participation that were adopted by consensus and co-sponsored by a large number of countries. In 2019, it presented in cooperation with other countries a resolution on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, which was adopted by consensus.

 

Czech Republic at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (updated)

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The 48th Session takes place from 13 September to 8 October. This is the last Session for the Czech Republic as an HRC Member State during its third Membership. more ►

31st Special Session of the Human Rights Council

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The Czech Republic joined a group of countries that supported the request for a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Afghanistan. The meeting took place at the earliest date posible in accordance with the Council's rules - on 24… more ►

Czech Republic at the 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

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The 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council is held from 19 June to 15 July. more ►

30th Special Session of the Human Rights Council

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The 30th Special Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, took place on 27 May 2021 more ►

Czech UN Youth delegates at the Intersessional Seminar on Youth and Human Rights

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Czech UN Youth delegates, Simona Petrů and Kristina Šůsová, spoke on behalf of the Czech Republic at the Intersessional Seminar on Youth and Human Rights. more ►