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UN Human Rights Council

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  1. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.


UN Human Rights Council


What to study?

For Prelims and mains: UNHRC- functions and composition, issues related to reforms.


Context: Venezuela Elected to UN Human Rights Council.


About UNHRC:

Established in 2006 with the aim of promoting and protecting human rights around the globe, as well as investigating alleged human rights violations.

Made up of 47 member states, which are selected by the UN General Assembly on a staggered basis each year for three-year-long terms.

Members meet around three times a year to debate human rights issues and pass non-binding resolutions and recommendations by majority vote.

Members serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.

The council also carries out the Universal Periodic Review of all UN member states, which allows civil society groups to bring accusations of human rights violations in member states to the attention of the UN.


Sources: The Hindu.