The main outputs of the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council are:
This section focuses on the second output:
At the Human Rights Council, governments can make statements that express a position vis-à-vis a particular human rights issue or a human rights situation in another country.
A statement can be made by a single State, or several governments can deliver a joint statement. For example:
Statements are not as strong as resolutions, as they do not have the authority to request the UN to take action or contribute resources. But they are a way of getting the Council to pay attention to issues that are not on the agenda, and is often a necessary step for further action by the UN.
For more information on Government Statements, including examples and how you can influence the process, see ISHR Academy: Government Statements – Why are they useful?
Now it's time to reflect again on the strengths and weaknesses of the Human Rights Council, in the next section.