In a note verbale which was copied to the President the US informed the President of the Human Rights Council on 20 of June 2018 that they have : “resigned (their) membership in the Human Rights Council, effective at 1700 Eastern Daylight Time, June 19, 2018. The United States will not participate further in the June HRC session or future sessions and will not serve out the remainder of its term.”
Upon receipt of the formal notification, the United States ceased to be a member. As from that date onwards, they were considered an Observer State to the Council.
The debate organized by the Geneva Academy aimed at introducing a legal discussion on the USA’s decision to leave the UN Human Rights Council; it did not advocate for any political position.
Experts and participants concluded that the United States might come back any time through new elections, although the question about their human rights commitments remains open. So is the question about their further engagement with other mechanisms of the Human Rights Council such as Special procedures and Universal Periodic Review.
On 19 June 2018, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council. This was the first time that a member has voluntarily left this major human rights body, though not the first time that the US has chosen to abstain from participating in the HRC work. Panelists discussed the legal consequences of this withdrawal for the functioning and credibility of the HRC, and for the promotion and protection of human rights, the extent to which this decision will affect US’ collaboration with UN Special Procedures and UPR & the impact on the UN and multilateral diplomacy.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
During one week, 14 academics from five countries deepened their knowledge and expertise of United Nations human rights mechanisms during a customized training course co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered in Europe today.
This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am
Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom
Cette formation en ligne permet d’acquérir une connaissance approfondie des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC), des obligations des états et des mécanismes chargés de les protéger et de surveiller leur mise en œuvre.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.
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This project, launched in 2016, examines different concepts of universality, maps contemporary challenges to the principle of HR universality in the context of specific themes covered by the HRC and discusses the role of the HRC in the promotion and protection of universally guaranteed HR.