UN Human Rights Council opens its 16th Session

Posted: March 1, 2011 in News and Views

(Report from HRC) Amid the Nonviolent Movements for human rights and democracy for change across the world the 16th session of the Human Rights Council takes place from 28 February to 25 March at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Libya and other issues are on the UN body’s agenda.

Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay stresses that the Council “commands credibility through action – nothing else.” This is very important session in which high dignitaries have participated.  Among them who took the floor were the President of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey, Vice President of Colombia Angelino Garzón, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Such high participation shows the mandate and importance of human rights agenda.

The Human Rights Council in its special session last Friday has recommended the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya’s Council membership and it has established an independent enquiry to investigate human rights violations in that country. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, announced that the General Assembly would meet urgently on 1 March in New York to follow up on the Council’s recommendation.

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