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    Announcements regarding the Human Rights Council:

  • For the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, speaking arrangements for Interactive dialogues will be as follows : If a given ID is estimated to be less than 4 hours, the speaking time limits will remain 5 minutes for Members (and groups) and 3 minutes for Observers. If it is estimated to be more than 4 hours, the speaking time limits will be reduced to 3 minutes for Members (and groups) and 2 minutes for Observers. If this measure is deemed insufficient, speaking time could be further reduced.
  • A note verbale in relation to NGO accréditation, the organizational meeting and the twenty-seventh session of the 27th session of the Human Rights Council in general is available.
  • The deadline to receive written contributions from ALL stakeholders has been extended to the 15 September 2014 for the 22nd session of the UPR. Stakeholder's submissions should be sent using the new "Online UPR submissions system".
  • The Human Rights Council elected its new bureau for 2014, from 1st January to 31st December. The elected President is Baudelaire Ndong Ella of Gabon. It also appointed Katerina Sequensová of the Czech Republic, Alberto D'Alotto of Argentina, Maurizio Enrico Serra of Italy, and Dilip Sinha of India to the positions of Vice Presidents. Katerina Sequensová was also elected to be Rapporteur.
  • The General Assembly elected 14 new members States to three years terms on Human Rights Council. Those elected were Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Viet Nam. More information here.
  • Survey conducted by UPR Info and Mandat International about the process through which States draft their interventions for the UPR working group. The aim of this survey is to improve NGO's understanding of these processes, in a view to facilitate their interaction and advocacy efforts with States. Access the survey results here.
  • Useful resources regarding NGO participation in the Human Rights Council available here.

    Other Human Rights News

  • The note verbale concerning the second session of the open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on a draft United Nations declaration on the right to peace is now available.
  • Call for submissions by the Working Group on Discrimination against Women on equality and non-discrimination in marriage, rights and responsibilities in the family and participation in all aspects of cultural life including arts, sports and cultural activities to be made to by 31 July 2014.
  • The thirteenth session of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee will be held from the 11th to the 15th of August 2014, in Room XX of Palais des Nations. The draft program of work is now available.
  • The Committee on Enforced Disappearances will hold its seventh session from 15 to 26 September 2014, at the Palais des Nations, room XII
  • The annual meeting of the Social Forum will take place from February 18th to February 20th 2015, at the Palais des Nations
  • The third Optional Protocol to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on a Communication Procedures entered into force the 14th April 2014. It is now possible to submit communications to the CRC.
  • The Civil Society Section of the OHCHR launch a new Practical Guide for civil society on how to follow up on United Nations human rights recommendations. The Guide is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.