Human Rights Council - Session 25

Summary: Full details of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council, set to take place from 3 - 28 March 2014, including the programme of work, list of NGO statements, discussions scheduled to take place, and how NGOs can participate.


Latest News - Coverage - Programme of work - Submission Deadlines - Reports - UPR adoptions - Special Procedures - ResolutionsSide Events / Statements - NGO participation - Sources of information - Subgroup on the HRC


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CRIN will be covering the session live from Geneva.



Programme of work

To be posted as soon as released by OHCHR

Annual Day on the Rights of the Child

The 2014 discussion will be on "access to justice for children". The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for NGOs to submit evidence to help in the
preparation of a report they are preparing ahead of the day

  • Find out how you can contribute, here.


Submission deadlines

Please consult the HRC NGO Participation page for further information.





 To be posted in due course




UPR adoptions

Special Procedures
The following mandate-holder positions will be appointed during the session:
  • Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples – Asian Group member
  • Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples – WEOG member
  • Independent expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights
  • Independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty
  • Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia
  • Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living
  • Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
  • Special Rapporteur on the right to food
  • Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders
  • Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – African Group member
  • Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – GRULAC member
  • Working Group on Enforced Disappearances – African Group member






Side events / NGO statements



NGO Participation

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

Written statements

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]


Sources of Information / Follow the Session

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

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Subgroup on the HRC

Working Group for the HRC (subgroup of the NGO Group for the CRC)

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.

For more information, contact the co-convenors of the NGO WG:

Alan Kikuchi-White, Geneva Representative
SOS-Kinderdorf International
Email: [email protected]

Or Veronica Yates, CRIN
Email: [email protected]



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