II Un Human Rights Council

AuthorMayra Gómez,Bret Thiele
Date01 December 2009
Publication Date01 December 2009
DOI10.1177/016934410902700406
SubjectPart B: Human Rights News
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II un HuMan RIGHTs COunCIl
B T and M G*
1. INTRODUCTION
is article summarise s highlights of the twelh regular session of the United Nations
Human R ights Council (Council), held in Geneva from 14 September to 2 October
2009. At this ses sion, the Council adopted 28 resolutions and th ree decisions.1 It also
adopted the outcomes of 15 Universa l Periodic Review reports. For those readers
interested in greater detail of certai n or all aspects of these sessions, please refer to the
footnotes which provide citations to relevant Cou ncil documents.2
During the twelh regular session, the following member States made up the
Council: Angola , Argentina, Bahrai n, Bangladesh, Belgium, B olivia, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt,
France, Gabon, Ghana, Hungar y, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jorda n, Kyrgyzstan,
Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway,
Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia,
Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South A frica, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, United
States, Uruguay and Za mbia.
During this period, the ocers of the Council were Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen
of Belgium as President; Ambassadors Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia), Carlos
Portales (Chile), and Andrej L ogar (Slovenia) a s Vice-Presidents; and A mbassador
Hisham Badr (Eg ypt) was Vice-President and Rapporteur.
* Bret iele is Coord inator of the Liti gation Progr amme wit h the Centre on Housing Rights a nd
Evictions (COHR E), Geneva, Switzerland a nd Mayra Gómez is the Coord inator of the Women and
Housing Right s Programme at COHR E.
1 See UN Doc. A/HRC/12/L.10, 2 Octob er 2009, for full tex ts of all resolutions a nd decisions.
2 Please see the United Nations Oce of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website, avail able
at: www.ohchr.org /english/bodies /hrcouncil/.

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