44th session of the Human Rights Council

Agenda of the 44th session of HRC

On 20 June, the 44th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is opening. The session was initially planned in June, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session will close on 17 July, after three weeks of debates, panels, interactive dialogues and decisions.

Numerous issues will be debated during the 44th session of the Council, such as:

  1. extreme poverty,
  2. racism,
  3. freedom of expression,
  4. violence and discrimination against women,
  5. domestic violence,
  6. female genital mutilation,
  7. violence against children, also during armed conflicts,
  8. situation of the Rohingya people,
  9. situation in Syria,
  10. summary executions,
  11. health,
  12. the rights of the child,
  13. climate change,
  14. new digital technologies.

More informations on the 44th session of the HRC on their website

France’s priorities during HRC 44

In light of a worrying international context, France supports an ambitious policy for human rights. During the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, France is committed to promote its priorities. They are the following:

  1. Prohibition and prevention of domestic violence, in particular in times of COVID-19: France is supporting a statement on the protection of women facing domestic violence in times of COVID-19 which is launching an initiative to create a compilation of good practices from different countries in order to continue and protect women’s rights in special circumstances, lockdown, and emergency organization of health care and monitoring systems;
  2. Migrants’ rights;
  3. LGBTI people’s rights;
  4. The issue of extreme poverty;
  5. Children’s rights in context of humanitarian crises;
  6. Situation of human rights in Syria, Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Central African Republic and Mali;
  7. Protection of human rights defenders and journalists;
  8. Prohibition and prevention of torture.

France is candidate to be a member of the the Human Rights Council in 2021-2023.

To know more about France’s policy in terms of human rights’ promotion

Last updated on: 30 June 2020