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United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an intergovernmental body within the United Nations system and successor to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The UNHRC’s efforts include strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. The UNHRC also addresses situations of human rights violations and makes recommendations by adopting or voting on resolutions that outline what remedial actions member states should take. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and addresses issues such as freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, discrimination against women, freedom of religion, and the rights of LGBTQ people. The UNHCR makes recommendations pertaining to contemporary human rights violations in countries like Cote d'Ivoire, Iran, Libya, Myanmar, North Korea, and Syria. To implement its initiatives, the UNHRC operates through many committees, such as the Committee Against Torture and the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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