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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 State of the UN Human Rights Council for the term expiring on 31 December 2023.  Previously, it served as a Member during the first year of the Council's existence (2006-2007), from 2011 to 2014 and from 2019 to 2021. The Czech Republic is an active country in 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 2022 and 2019, it presented in cooperation with other countries resolutions on freedom of peaceful assembly and association which were adopted by consensus. It has presented its candidature to the Council for the elections in 2024. 

 

Czech Ambassador Petr Gajdušek presented credentials in the UN

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Ambassador Petr Gajdušek presented his credentials to Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Tatiana Valovaya on 16 September 2019. more ►

Czech Republic at the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

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The 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council was held from 9 to 27 September with the Czech Republic actively participating. As one of the 47 Member States of the Council, Czechia took part in numerous meetings and in adoptions of resolutions… more ►

HRC41: Resolution on freedom of peaceful assembly and association submitted by the Czech Republic was adopted by consensus

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The resolution on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association presented by the Czech Republic together with Indonesia, Lithuania, Maldives and Mexico was adopted by consensus on 11 July 2019 at the end of the 41. session of the… more ►

HRC41: Czech Republic on human rights situation in Kasai

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Speaking in the Interactive Dialogue on situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 9 July 2019, the Czech Republic thanked International Experts for their report and welcomed the cooperation of the Government with them. more ►

HRC41: The Czech Republic on human rights violations in Venezuela

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During the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in Venezuela held on 4 July 2019, the Czech Republic expressed its concerns on the deteriorating economic and humanitarian crisis in the country.   more ►