News Service for the 59th United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
Project at a glance
Dates and Place17 March - 25 April 2003, Geneva, Switzerland
The News Service for the 59th Commission on Human Rights is being organized by the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations (CONGO).
United Nations Commission On Human Rights
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights is the world's foremost human rights forum. Established in 1946 to weave the international legal fabric that protects our fundamental rights and freedoms, its brief has expanded over time to allow it to respond to the whole range of human rights problems. The Commission continues to set standards to govern the conduct of States; but it also acts as a forum where countries large and small, non-governmental groups and human rights defenders from around the world can voice their concerns.
The Early Years
In 1967, the Commission began to expand its role from promoter to protector of human rights, establishing a panel to investigate the deteriorating situation in southern Africa. Today, the Commission has issued 38 distinct mandates to investigate abuses around the world. (See fact sheet on Experts.)
How Does The Commission Work?
The Commission may also meet between sessions to deal with urgent human rights situations. Such special sessions have taken place five times: twice during the 1992 crises in the former Yugoslavia, in 1994 over the atrocities in Rwanda, in 1999 to discuss the East Timor situation and in 2000 concerning violations of Palestinian human rights by Israel.
The Chairpersonship rotates each year among the five United Nations regional groupings: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Western group. [Source: UNHCHR]
Fifty-ninth Session of the Commission
http://www.room17.orgCONGO News Center for the 59th Session of the Commission on Human Rights
Volunteer reporters of ICVolunteers are working with the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations (CONGO). They are writing session summaries and interviewing delegates.
Posted: 2006-2-08 Updated: 2006-5-19