Ireland and the Human Rights Council
– where to from here?
On 1 January 2013 Ireland commenced its first term as a newly elected member of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Human Rights Council, which was established in 2006 by the UN General Assembly, is the most important UN body for the protection and promotion of human rights. The 47 member Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world and for addressing situations of human rights violations. The Council has a number of mechanisms at its disposal including Universal Periodic Review to assess human rights practices in member states, the Advisory Committee, which serves as the Council’s “think tank” providing it with expertise and advice on thematic human rights issues, and the Complaint Procedure, which allows individuals and organizations to bring human rights violations to the attention of the Council.
This one-day seminar, co-hosted by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, will bring together a range of experts from the field of human rights to draw up a list of recommendations that can inform Ireland’s term of office on the Council. Questions regarding the commitments made by Ireland during its election campaign, how Ireland can best contribute to the agenda of the Council, and the leadership role that Ireland can play in the promotion of human rights will be considered and addressed.