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Human rights

Human rights are one of the three main pillars of the United Nations. They also represent a longstanding priority of the Czech foreign policy. The Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic in Geneva contributes to the implementation of these important tasks. Furthermore, it presents the Czech Republic as an active, trusted and consistent country. 

Geneva hosts the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as many human rights Treaty Bodies.

Protection and promotion of human rights is a longstanding priority of the Czech foreign policy. The human rights foreign policy of the Czech Republic focuses on human rights mechanisms, civil society including human rights defenders, freedom of opinion and expression including freedom of the media, participation, the rule of law, equality and non-discrimination and human rights in employment and in the environmental context.

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.

The Czech Republic is a State Party to most key human rights treaties.