Human rights session opens in Geneva: Swiss review up

Session opens with commemoration of 20 years of expanded human rights agenda

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND  – The month-long 22nd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council opens Monday 25 February; the heavily charged agenda includes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Switzerland, which is expected to be approved following debate.

Also up for their UPR’s, 13-15 March following final reports: Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Ukraine, Guatemala, Benin, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Peru and Sri Lanka.

Monday’s session features a panel of dignitaries and UN officials on the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted in 1993. The declaration greatly expanded the scope of human rights, led to the creation of the post and office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and it enlarged the community of experts to include non-governmental organizations rather than just governments and UN groups.

Full description of the agenda: office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights