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    Human Rights Council

    The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is the main intergovernmental forum of the United Nations dealing with human rights issues.

    Activists and States have used various tools for promoting visibility, raising awareness and building support for LGBT rights.  These tools include the opportunity to

    • submit written statements;
    • make oral interventions in the Council plenary;
    • organise parallel panels on topics of interest;
    • raise sexual orientation and gender identity issues during Council sessions with the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
    • engage in interactive dialogue with the UN Special Procedures; and
    • make individual or joint statements in support of sexual orientation and gender identity issues during general debate.

    In June 2011, at it’s 17th session, the Human Rights Council passed the first ever UN resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution expressed “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity”, and requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study “documenting discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world, and how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity”. The resolution also decided that the HRC would hold a panel discussion to discuss the findings of the report at it’s 19th regular session.

    Please explore the links below for more information on ARC International’s advocacy at the HRC.

    See also ARC International’s Guide to the HRC


    26th – June 2014
    25th – March 2014
    24th – September 2014
    23rd – June 2013
    22nd – March 2013

    21st – September 2012

    20th – June 2012

    19th – March 2012
    18th – September 2011

    17th  – June 2011
    16th  – March 2011
    15th – September 2010
    14th – June 2010
    13th – March 2010
    12th – September 2009
    11th – June 2009
    10th – March 2009
    9th – September 2008
    8th – June 2008
    7th – March 2008
    6th – September/December 2007
    5th – June 2007
    4th – March 2007
    3rd – December 2006
    2nd – September – November 2006
    1st – June 2006

    Human Rights Council Advisory Committee