51st UNHRC session begins today


The Human Rights Council will hold its fifty-first regular session from today (12) to 7 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, currently serving as acting High Commissioner, will present the High Commissioner’s oral update today.

At an organizational meeting held on 30 August in preparation for the session, the President of the Council, Federico Villegas, bid farewell to High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, whose term of office ended on 31 August.

The 51st session will look into issues such as arbitrary detention, systemic racism, enforced disappearances, climate change, water and sanitation, the rights of indigenous peoples, among others.

A delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry will join the session as representatives of Sri Lanka.

The Council will hold separate interactive dialogues on the report of the Office of the High Commissioner on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

Countries will have a chance to respond to the High Commissioner’s update and to other reports presented under agenda item two in the general debate on 13 and 14 September.