The upcoming session of the Human Rights Council (HRC33) will once again be an opportunity for the international community to address and respond to human rights violations and abuses worldwide. Against the background of increased challenges to the global human rights aquis, the EU, working in close cooperation with partners, is resolved to be ever more vigilant and pro-active to keep key human rights issues in focus, to defend the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, and to safeguard the independence of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, of human rights' special procedures, as well as the treaty-monitoring bodies. "We will, as always, strongly support participation of NGOs and Human Rights Defenders in the Council's work and encourage the HRC President to ensure accountability for any reported cases of harassment of such participants, online and offline," says Ambassador Peter Sørensen, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva.
During the 33rd session, the EU will in particular focus on:
At this Council session we expect the HRC President to appoint several special procedures mandate holders, including the first ever Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.