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United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

Relevance: International Groupings and Bodies.

Context: India has assured Sri Lanka of its support at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

What is UNHRC?

  • The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The UNHRC was established by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights.
  • The UNHRC investigates allegations of breaches of human rights in United Nations member states and addresses important thematic human rights issues such as freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, etc.
  • The members of the General Assembly elect the members who occupy the UNHRC’s 47 seats.
  • The term of each seat is three years, and no member may occupy a seat for more than two consecutive terms.
  • The seats are distributed along the following line:
    • 13 for the African Group
    • 13 for the Asia-Pacific Group
    • 6 for the Eastern European Group
    • 8 for the Latin American and Caribbean Group
    • 7 for the Western European and Others Group.
  • India was elected to the United Nations’ top human rights body for three years beginning January 1, 2019.

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