HRC 30 Blog

The 30th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC30.

Annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

This report will be given this afternoon. I will update this post afterward with pertinent information. 

Is 70 the New 60?

Is 70 the New 60?


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, and in conjunction with the 30thsession of the Human Rights Council (HRC30), the UNECE held a panel discussion on our elderly population. This side event was one of the most well attended sessions I attended during the HRC30 making it clear that addressing concerns over our ageing population are intensifying.  However, given that today there is no typical older person, society views continue to lead to discrimination against individuals or groups simply because of their age. This has been labeled ageism and is a persistent form of…

Human Rights Council Adopts United States UPR

Human Rights Council Adopts United States UPR

Ambassador Keith Harper and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby

On September 24 during the 30th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC30) the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (room XX) was filled to capacity with Member States, distinguished delegates, NGOs and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) as all listened to statements and discussion regarding the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome of the United States. 

Before I continue, let me just briefly clarify that the UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 United Nation Member States.…

Nationality is a Human Right

Nationality is a Human Right

“The child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents.” - Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,  the most widely ratified United Nations human rights convention.

Every person has the right to be recognized as a person before the law as enshrined in legal instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child…

"I Will No Longer Serve On a Panel Without Women"

Michael Møller, Director of the United Nations Office at GenevaDuring the 30thsession of the Human Rights Council (HRC30), in packed out room VIII, I attended the bi-annual meeting of Mr. Michael Møller, Director of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), with civil society.  As always, the debriefing was heavily NGOs, NHRI and press alongside civil society. In his opening remarks, Mr. Møller told attendees that Geneva continues to play a pivotal role in support of the United Nations peace, development and rights agenda and that the UNOG serves as an important venue for international negotiations and consultations to tackle…

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