The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee will hold its twenty-sixth session from August 16 to 20, 2021. The session will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in Room 20 in a hybrid format – a combination of in-person participation and virtual – due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Over the course of a week-long session, the Committee’s 18 independent experts *, who serve as the Council’s “think tank”, will discuss the reports that the Committee recently submitted to the Human Rights Council on a number of issues. number of mandates that address several human rights themes. These are:
- New and emerging digital technologies and human rights (HRC resolution 41/11);
- Current levels of representation of women in human rights bodies and mechanisms (HRC resolution 41/6);
- Situation of racial equality in the world (General Assembly resolutions 74/137 and 75/237);
- Negative effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights (HRC resolution 34/8).
During the session, the Committee will also hold a discussion on the follow-up to the recommendations contained in its report on the current levels of representation of women in human rights bodies and mechanisms.
Also during the session, the Committee will continue to discuss research proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council and concept papers containing ideas for future work and mandates that may be entrusted to the Committee. The Committee will hold a virtual meeting with non-governmental organizations in this regard on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
In addition, the Committee is expected to appoint new members of the Communications Working Group to replace those whose terms will expire on September 30, 2021.
The Committee session is open to the media and will conclude with a summary press release.
Documentation for the twenty-sixth session, including the agenda and program of work, is available on the web page of the session of the Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee is a body of 18 independent experts serving as a think tank for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). It was established in 2008, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, to provide research-based studies and advice, as requested by the Council and meets twice a year. The work of the Committee focuses on implementation and follows thematic issues related to the mandate of the Council, namely the promotion and protection of all human rights. It interacts with states, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and other representatives of civil society.
* The current composition of the Advisory Committee and the term of office of each expert are as follows: Ibrahim Abdulaziz Alsheddi (Saudi Arabia, 2021); Buhm-Suk Baek (Republic of Korea, 2023); Nadia Amal Bernoussi (Morocco, 2023); Lazhari Bouzid (Algeria, 2022); Alessio Bruni (Italy, 2021); Milena Costas Trascasas (Spain, 2022); Iurii Alexandrovich Kolesnikov (Russian Federation, 2022); José Augusto Lindgren Alves (Brazil, 2021); Xinsheng Liu (China, 2022); Ajai Malhotra (India, 2023); Itsuko Nakai (Japan, 2022); Mona Omar (Egypt, 2022); Javier Palummo (Uruguay, 2022); Elizabeth Salmón (Peru, 2023); Patrycja Sasnal (Poland, 2023); Dheerujlall Seetulsingh (Mauritius, 2023); and Catherine Van de Heyning (Belgium, 2023).