THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (HRC)
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 with the main purpose of addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. Among the various mechanism it is managing the Universal Periodic Review; other features include a new Advisory Committee which serves as the Council’s “think tank” providing it with expertise and advice on thematic human rights issues and the revised Complaints Procedure mechanism which allows individuals and organizations to bring complaints about human rights violations to the attention of the Council. The Human Rights Council also continues to work closely with the UN Special Procedures established by the former Commission on Human Rights and assumed by the Council.
ILGA’S ENGAGEMENT WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. The Human Rights Council provides NGOs and human rights defenders with the opportunity to raise awareness and build support for the human rights of LGBTI persons around the world. ILGA does so through its submission of individual or joint statements in support of SOGIEI issues during the general debate, through its engagement in the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Procedures, by raising SOGIEI issues during Council sessions with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and by organizing SOGIEI related side events during the HRC. Additionally, ILGA works with activists to prepare and help deliver statements during the UPR adoptions for their respective countries.
For more information on ILGA’s engagement during each session of the Human Rights Council: