United Nations Human Rights Council Director: Benjamin Honiker
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a 47-member body which was established on March 15, 2006 by the UN General Assembly. This Geneva-based UN body was created to replace the previous Commission on Human Rights, with a mandate to protect and uphold human rights around the world. The UNHRC strives to provide important international human rights discussions, and works closely with the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights to promote human rights education, prevent human rights violations, and continually review the efforts of States to achieve their human rights obligations. As a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly, the Council also provides recommendations to the General Assembly on matters relating to human rights and international law. In addition to the universal periodic human rights review, the Human Rights Council also launches inquiries into specific human rights phenomena around the world. This iteration of the Council will challenge delegates to create innovative methods of approaching human rights conflicts, and features topics which illustrate the Council’s work with both individual situations of interest and global human rights questions.
Topic 1: Allegations of human rights violations in Myanmar Topic 2: Mental health and human rights