The United Nations Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body of which Norway is one of 47 members. The Council was established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and is concerned with strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world.
The 14th session of the Human Rights Council takes place from 31 May -18 June. On the first day, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, gives an update to the Council.
A number of other reports are presented and discussed during the Council session. Members and observers will engage in debates and interactive dialogues and on the basis of reports presented by experts, namely the Human Rights Councils Special Procedure mandate holders. At the 14th session, the Council will discuss issues such as business and human rights, human rights and terrorism, secret detention, trafficking and freedom of expression. Reports are also presented on violence against women, the right to health, racism and the human rights situation in Haiti.
The Human Rights Council will in its 14th session hold panel discussons on trafficking, protection of journalists in armed conflict, womens human rights and the impact of toxic and dangerous wastes on the enjoyment of human rights. The Council will also adopt reports from various examinations under the Universal Periodic Review.
The issues discussed during the session often form the basis for the Human Rights Council's resolutions. Resolutions are initiated by states and discussed informally in parallel to the meetings in the plenary. Adopted at the end of the session, the resolutions aim to highlight specific issues or situations and may for instance urge states to take action and/or request the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) or mandate holders to perform tasks, for example to write reports.
Norway participates actively in the Human Rights Council. Statements held during the 14th sessions can be found through the following links:
Item 2 - Update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 31 May
Urgent debate. 1 June
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur of the Secretary General on human rights and transnational corporations. 1 June
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on foreign debt and other related international financial obligations. Norway's intervention as a concerned country. 1 June
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. 2 June
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, the Special Rapporteur on summary executions and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons. 3 June
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue on the joint study on global practices in relation to secret detention in the context of countering terrorism. 3 June
Item 3 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, and the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. 3 June
Panel discussion on protection of journalists in armed conflict. 4 June
Item 2/3 - General debate. 8 June
Item 4 - General debate. 8 June
Item 6 - Consideration of the UPR report of Kazakhstan. 9 June
Item 6 - Consideration o fthe UPR report of Iran. 10 June
Item 6 - Consideration of the UPR report of Madagascar. 10 June
Item 6 - General debate. 11 June
Item 8 - Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. Statement made by Norway on behalf of 56 states. 15 June
Item 9 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Githu Muigai. 16 June
Item 10 - Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on Haiti, Michel Forst. 16 June
Item 1 - Decisions and Conclusions. General comment after adoption of resolutions under Item 3. 18 June