Summary: Full details of the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council, due to take place from 9 - 27 September 2013, including the programme of work, list of NGO statements, discussions scheduled to take place, and how NGOs can participate.
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- 27 September
Key resolutions for children's rights included:
- Strengthening of efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage
- Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under five years of age
- The prevention of attacks against persons with albinism
- The administration of justice, including juvenile justice
- Reprisals against human rights defenders cooperating with the UN system
Other outcomes included:
- New mandate for an Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic
- Extension of several existing country and thematic Special Procedure mandates
- The Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner to:
- 25 September
- 20 September
- 19 September
General debate - A number of States raised issues, including Bahrain - The Institute for Women’s Studies and Research expressed concern for the situation of children in Bahrain, who were subject to mistreatment and held for long periods of detention. The Bahraini authorities needed to look into those cases and immediately halt arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of children. Read more on the debate, here.
- 18 September
Indigenous peoples - During an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples, UNICEF expressed its gratitude to the Rapporteur for his attention
to children's rights. UNICEF also said that the extractive industries could negatively impact the well-being of children, particularly those that were forced to work in them. More here.
Universal Periodic Review - Report outcomes adopted for Turkmenistan, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso. More here.
- 17 September
North Korea - The head of a UN-appointed inquiry into human rights in North Korea reported that testimony heard so far by his panel pointed to widespread and serious violations in every area it had been asked to investigate. More here.
- 16 September
Syria - Presenting its latest report to the Council, the Chair of the Commission of Inquiry, Paulo Pinheiro, said that the the Government had continued its relentless campaign of air bombardment and artillery shelling across the country. Mr Pinheiro said the government should take steps to release children from detention or to transfer them to a juvenile justice system consistent with both fair trial and children’s rights. More here.
- 12 September
Contemporary forms of slavery: Gulnara Shahinian, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, estimated that over 20 million persons worldwide were in some form of forced labour or bondage. She said additional invisible forms of slavery included child slavery, bonded labour, servile marriage and domestic servitude. Several speakers also expressed their concern at hidden forms of slavery, which often went undetected. More here.
- 11 September
Children of parents sentenced to death: States, NGOs and UN experts discussed this issue which has received growing attention in recent years. Jorge Cardona Llorens, Member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, said the sentencing of a parent to death was a question that concerned the child and the child had the right to have its best interest taken into account when the decision was taken. When the sentence was passed, an estimation of the possible positive or negative effects for the child or children concerned had to be taken. States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child were legally obliged to carry out this assessment each time a decision concerning a child was taken. That determination and assessment had to be singular, relevant and explicit.
Penal Reform International said that many aspects of this issue had not been explored and said an expert meeting would be useful. Read about the discussion, here.
- 10 September
- 9 September
Pillay focuses on Syria in opening statement: The High Comissioner for Human Rights opened the session by saying: "This is no time for powerful States to continue to disagree on the way forward, or for geopolitical interests to override the legal and moral obligation to save lives by bringing this conflict to an end." More here.
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To view the full agenda, see the attached schedule above.
Children's rights on the agenda
Children's rights are set to feature in a number of discussions, including:
- Panel discussion on the human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty or executed
- Date: 11 September, 10 - 1pm.
The panel will have a particular attention on the ways and means to ensure the rights of children in this situation. It will focus on the impact of the announcement of the judicial decision to children; the promotion of a better understanding of norms; and the protection and assistance to children necessary for the enjoyment of their rights.
Half-day panel discussion on indigenous peoples
Interactive dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children & Armed Conflict (oral update)
The annual discussion on gender integration
Please consult the HRC NGO Participation page for further information.
Deadline for NGO written statements is 22nd August. For its 24th session, the HRC has started a new online registration system for written statements. Here is the log in page, and there is also a "How-to guide" from practical and technical support.
Selected reports relating to children's rights include:
- Question of the death penalty - Report of the Secretary-General
Summary of information from States Members of the United Nations and other relevant stakeholders on best practices
in the application of traditional values while promoting and protecting human rights and upholding human dignity
- Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Latest developments, challenges and good practices in human rights in the administration of justice
- Report of the Secretary-General
- Annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and its consequences
- Thematic report on challenges and lessons in combating contemporary forms of slavery
- Updated report on the work of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic
Access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples
- Study of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism
- Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Study by the World Health Organisation on mortality among children under five years of age as a human rights concern
- Note by the Secretary-General
To access the full list of reports, click here.
The following reports will be adopted:
- Turkmenistan Burkina Faso Cape Verde
- Colombia Uzbekistan Tuvalu Germany
- Djibouti Canada Bangladesh Russian Federation
- Azerbaijan Cameroon Cuba
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Selected resolutions set to be tabled and discussed, include:
Administration of justice - tabled by Austria
(with a focus on juvenile justice and the human rights of persons deprived of liberty)
- Death Penalty - tabled by Belgium
- Arbitrary Detention
- Traditional Values - tabled by Russia
Reprisals against those who cooperate with UN mechanisms - Hungary
Rights of persons with disabilities - Thailand
Child, early and forced marriage - Sierra Leone
Rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association –renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur - United States
Contemporary forms of slavery – renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur - United Kingdom
Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under five - Ireland
Extension of mandate of Special Rapporteur on right to health - Brazil
The following side events feature children's rights:
"Human Rights and Health"
International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations
Date - 9 September, 2 - 4pm, Room XXIII
"Reprisals against human rights defenders"
Date - 10 September 2013 / 1.15pm (Room XXI)
Hosted by Switzerland and Hungary
"Fighting child mortality"
Date - 10 September 2013, 1pm,Room XXIV
Hosted by Austria and Ireland
International Institute for Peace
Date - 10 September, 11 - 1pm, Room XXI
"Human Rights and Traditional Values"
Date - 11 September, 11 - 1pm, Room XXVII
"Human Rights of Children"
Date - 11 September, 3-5pm, Room XXIII
"Human right to drinking water and sanitation"
(focus on the elimination of inequalities and social exclusion through the development of the post-2015 agenda)
Date - 12 September 2013 / Venue and time tbc Hosted by Spain and Germany
Defence for Children International
Date - 12 September, 3 - 5pm, ,Room XXIII
"Combating violence against LGBT persons"
Date - 13 September 2013, 1pm
Hosted by Brazil
"Restorative Juvenile Justice"
International Child Catholic Bureau
Date - 16 September, 2 - 4pm, Room XXII
"Responsibility to protect"
Date - 17 September 2013, 10am
Hosted by Australia
Action Canada for Population and Development
Date - 17 September, 10 - 12pm, Room XXI
To view the full set of side events, click here.
The following feature children's rights:
"The human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty or executed"
Written statement submitted by Amnesty International.
"Indigenous peoples’ right to water threatened by extractive industries and large dams"
Joint written statement submitted by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY)
"India: Between the rock and a hard place - children in armed conflict"
Written statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
"The right not to be discriminated and the education in mother tongue: The problem of bilingual minority pre-school education in Greece"
Written statement submitted by the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe
"Treatment of ethnic nationalities in Myanmar"
Written statement submitted by International Educational Development, Inc..
"Concern for children of parents sentenced to the death penalty"
Written statement submitted by the Academic Council on the United Nations System, a non-governmental organization in general consultative status.
"Violations of the prohibition against arbitrary detention by private prisons"
Written statement submitted by the Human Rights Advocates Inc..
Read about the deadlines for report submissions and booking rooms at the top of this page.
Information note for NGOs - including information on accreditation and NGO parallel events
NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC may submit written statements relevant to the work of the Human Rights Council.
The HRC Secretariat wishes to draw the attention of NGOs to ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which authorises written statements of: a) 2,000 words for NGOs in general consultative status; and b) 1,500 words for NGOs in special consultative status and on the roster.
NGO written statements are to be submitted in accordance with the guidelines for the submission of NGO written statements:
NGOs may submit their written statements to the Council Secretariat electronically to [email protected].
OHCHR NGO Liaison Office:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: + 41 (0)22 917 9656
Email: [email protected]
CRIN - sign up to the special HRC CRINMAIL.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Press releases are issued by the HRC on a daily basis during HRC sessions and are available on the OHCHR website. In addition, relevant documents are posted on the Human Rights Council extranet (sign up).
Relevant and updated information on the 19th session of the HRC will be regularly posted on the HRC Extranet. Username: hrc extranet - Password: 1session.
A live Webcast service will be available under the Council’s webpage, covering the plenary session online, and will be accessible through this link.
Civil society news and perspectives are available on the CONGO website (Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) - ISHR: Human Rights Council daily updates
The Working group for the Human Rights Council, of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, brings together NGOs willing to promote the rights of the child at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The WG’s aim so far has been to ensure that the Human Rights Council addresses the specific rights and situations of children worldwide in its regular work and sessions on human rights. By advocating for the inclusion of its concerns into the Council's Resolutions, the NGO community has ensured better support and coherence between international politics and local realities affecting the realisation of children's rights.
Alan Kikuchi-White, Geneva Representative
Email: [email protected]
Or Veronica Yates, CRIN
Email: [email protected]