48TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

The UN Human Rights Council held its forty-eighth regular session virtually from 13 September to 8 October 2021

Reports by the High Commissioner for Human Rights covered multiple critical areas

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented several reports on the activities of her Office. These included oral updates and country reports on Ukraine, Philippines, Georgia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan.

The diverse reports and succeeding discussions held predominant themes regarding climate change, COVID-19, and the promotion and protection of all human rights with an emphasis on collective action, capacity building, and cooperation.

Thematic Discussions

The Council deliberated a variety of issues through committed debates with Special Procedure mandate holders. Several NHRIs participated in the dialogues via video statements, including:

  1. Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation, during which the National Human Rights Commission of India delivered a statement in response to the report.
  2. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, during which the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar delivered a statement on the country mission report.
  3. Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, and reparation, during which the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission delivered a statement on a follow-up country mission report on behalf of the United Kingdom NHRIs.

Additionally, the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing responded to the report by the independent expert on older persons, and the NHRIs of India, Russia, and Morocco participated in panel discussions on human rights education and training, gender perspective, and the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests.

A total of 14 NHRIs delivered pre-recorded video statements in over 18 sessions of the HRC.


Country specific situations

The HRC addressed serious country specific situations including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen, Belarus, Venezuela, Syria, Somalia, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Central African Republic.

Adoption of UPR reports

The Council adopted the UPR Working Group reports on Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia, Belgium, Paraguay, Denmark, Somalia, Palau, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Latvia, Singapore, and Sierra Leone.

The NHRIs of Denmark and Latvia delivered statements on the adoption of the reports.

Resolutions

Members of the Council adopted 25 resolutions, 11 of which were adopted by recorded vote including the resolutions on the “Situation of human rights in Afghanistan” and “the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment”. The remaining 13 resolutions were adopted by consensus, including the resolution on “Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.”

The text of the resolutions can be found here.

For all NHRI statements, see table below.

GANHRI’s engagement at HRC48

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HRC48 NHRIs Statements

High-Level Panel Discussion on the Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation 
Speaker: Tatiana Moskalkova

 

National Human Rights Commission India
Speaker: Anita Sinha

 

National Human Rights Council of Morocco 
Speaker: Mr. Abdelhafid Adminou

 

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ITEM 2: General Debate on HC Oral Updates

 

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Speaker: Shaharzard Akbar

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Australia Human Rights Commission on behalf of APF 
Speaker: Rosalind Croucher

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National Human Rights Commission India 
Speaker: Justice Arun Kumar Mishra

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ITEM 10: General Debate on HC/SG country reports and oral updates

Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines 
Speaker: Karen Lucia Gomez-Dumpit

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ITEM 3: ID with SR on unilateral coercive measures

National Human Rights Committee of Qatar 
Speaker: Ameera Al-Hedfa

Country Mission Report

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ITEM 3: ID with Working Group on arbitrary detention

National Human Rights Commission India 
Speaker: Santosh Mehra


ITEM 5: ID on SG report on reprisals

Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) 
Speaker: Dr Ali Al Marri

 

National Human Rights Commission India 
Speaker: Rajiv Jain

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Annual Discussion on Integration of a Gender perspective

National Human Rights Commission India
Speaker: Ms. Jyotika Lakra

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ITEM 3: General Debate

Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions 
Speaker: Katharina Rose

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Commission Nationale consultative des Droits de l’Homme 
Speaker: Magali Lafourcade 

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ITEM 2: Enhanced ID on HC oral update on the situation of human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission 
Speaker: Daniel Bekele


ITEM3: ID with SR on truth, justice, and reparation

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission 
Speaker: Leslie Allamby

Country Mission Report (follow upreport)  

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ITEM 3: ID with IE on older persons

Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines 
Speaker: Karen Lucia Gomez-Dumpit 

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National Human Rights Commission India 
Speaker: Dr. DM Mulay, Commissioner 

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National Human Rights Commission of Korea  

On behalf of the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing

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ITEM 10: ID on HC Oral Update on Ukraine

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights 
Speaker: Liudmyla Denisova

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Panel Discussion on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests

National Human Rights Council of Morocco
Speaker: Ms. Amina Bouayach

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ITEM 7: General Debate on Report of the HC on allocation of water resources in Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights 
Speaker: Mr. Issam A.A. Abualhaj

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ITEM 3: ID with SR on water and sanitation

National Human Rights Commission India 
Speaker: Justice Mahesh Mittal Kumar Mishra

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ITEM 3: ID with Expert Mechanism on right to development

National Human Rights Commission India 
Speaker: Bumbadhar Pradhan

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ITEM 4: ID with Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Burundi Independent National Council on Human Rights  
Speaker: Dr. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba

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ITEM 6: UPR adoptions

Danish Institute for Human Rights
Speaker: Louise Holck

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Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia 
Speaker: Laura Lapina

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