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.
Last week, at our annual seminar held in the context of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and its focus on the use of force, participants discussed human rights challenges related to the use of less-lethal weapons and the development of new international standards.
Our new publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System outlines a series of recommendations related to the functioning of United Nations treaty bodies, considered a cornerstone of universal human rights protection.
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.
The Geneva Academy is coordinating the academic input to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the UN General Assembly via the creation of an academic network of independent researchers, a call for papers, a series of regional consultations, annual conferences in Geneva, as well as ongoing interactions with key stakeholders.
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The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.