27th session of the Human Rights Council
The next session of the Human Rights Council (HRC27) will take place from to in Room XX, Palais des Nations.

Programme of work - Side events
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20th session of the Universal Periodic Review
The next session of the Working Group (UPR20) will take place from to in Room XX, Palais des Nations.

Timetable - Troika - Side events
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    Announcements regarding the Human Rights Council:

  • A special session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, will take place on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, in Room XX at the Palais des Nations. The time is not yet determined.
  • The deadline to receive written contributions from ALL stakeholders has been extended to the 15 September 2014 for the 22nd session of the UPR. Stakeholder's submissions should be sent using the new "Online UPR submissions system".
  • The Human Rights Council elected its new bureau for 2014, from 1st January to 31st December. The elected President is Baudelaire Ndong Ella of Gabon. It also appointed Katerina Sequensová of the Czech Republic, Alberto D'Alotto of Argentina, Maurizio Enrico Serra of Italy, and Dilip Sinha of India to the positions of Vice Presidents. Katerina Sequensová was also elected to be Rapporteur.
  • The General Assembly elected 14 new members States to three years terms on Human Rights Council. Those elected were Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Viet Nam. More information here.
  • Survey conducted by UPR Info and Mandat International about the process through which States draft their interventions for the UPR working group. The aim of this survey is to improve NGO's understanding of these processes, in a view to facilitate their interaction and advocacy efforts with States. Access the survey results here.
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    Other Human Rights News

  • Participate to the Dialogue on Partnerships with Civil Society : e-discussions until 25 July at http://www.worldwewant2015.org/civilsociety2015.
  • The Independent Expert of Human Rights and the environment is convening a public consultation on July 17th, from 10am to 1pm, in room XXIII of the Palais des Nations. The concept note will provide you with more information on the event.
  • A Special event devoted to the first observation of the World day against trafficking in persons, organized by the Geneva Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking will take place on Thursday, 17th of July 2014, from 10am to 12.30am at the Palais des Nations (Room XII). Confirmations of participation and queries can be addressed to yhaddadin@ohchr.org
  • The report of the second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on a draft United Nations declaration on the right to peace as well as a conference room paper containing the compilation of proposals made during the second session in relation the Chairperson's new text are available. Comments can be submitted by email to hrcouncil@ohchr.org or by fax (022 917 9008). The deadline for receipt of comments is Monday, 21 July 2014.
  • Candidacies for the vacancy  for of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudanto be appointed at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (8-26 September 2014) should be received by Monday, 28 July 2014 (midnight, GMT). 
  • Candidacies for the two additional vacancies of Special Procedures mandate holders to be appointed at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (8-26 September 2014) should be received by Monday, 28 July 2014 (midnight, GMT).
  • A meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, before the end of her tenure in the end of August, will take place on the 5th of August 2014 from 10am to 11am in the Ground floor Conference room in the Palais Wilson. Confirm your attendance to civilsociety@ohchr.org by 30 July.
  • A Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will take place at the Palais des Nations, (Room XX), on the 1 - 2 September 2014
  • The note verbale concerning the second session of the open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on a draft United Nations declaration on the right to peace is now available.
  • Call for submissions by the Working Group on Discrimination against Women on equality and non-discrimination in marriage, rights and responsibilities in the family and participation in all aspects of cultural life including arts, sports and cultural activities to be made to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org by 31 July 2014.
  • The Communications Procedure of the Commission on the Status of Women is open. Claims to the Comission for consideration at its next session (09-20 March 2015) must be submitted by 1 August 2014. To learn more click here: http://www.unwomen.org/csw/communications-procedure.
  • The thirteenth session of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee will be held from the 11th to the 15th of August 2014, in Room XX of Palais des Nations. The draft program of work is now available.
  • The third Optional Protocol to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on a Communication Procedures entered into force the 14th April 2014. It is now possible to submit communications to the CRC.
  • The Civil Society Section of the OHCHR launch a new Practical Guide for civil society on how to follow up on United Nations human rights recommendations. The Guide is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.