Day 1: September 9, 2019
Agenda of the first day includes: Opening address by the President of the Human Rights Council Permanent Representative of Senegal Ambassador Coly Seck
Agenda item 2: Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General: Several reports will be discussed today, including: Final report of the independent international fact-finding mission on the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, oral report High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Oral Briefing by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on ensuring accountability and justice in all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Of East Jerusalem, according to the conclusions of the International Independent Investigation Commission concerned with protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Under item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development, the reports of special rapporteurs on the following topics will be discussed today:
The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
Contemporary forms of slavery, including their causes and consequences,
Environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes
Besides discussing the report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination.
NGO side events: two on the human rights situation in Venezuela and the human rights situation in China.
Excerpt from the address of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the opening of the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva
“I commend the parties in Sudan for signing a political agreement and a constitutional declaration on August 17, to enable the transition towards civil rule and democracy.
The Constitutional Declaration contains numerous references to human rights, in particular the International Bill of Human Rights and its commitment to the establishment of a national commission of inquiry. I also welcome its explicit commitment to “facilitate the work of UNHCR in Sudan.”
“There is currently a representative of our office in Khartoum, and we hope that discussions will move forward to the establishment of an office in Khartoum with full authority in the country.
We are ready to provide technical assistance to the new government, including the legal reforms outlined in the Constitutional Declaration and Transitional Justice. It will be critical to meet the challenges of protection, and to support civil society and national human rights institutions in this context, including Darfur, as the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) withdraws from the region. ”