Your government has made certain international human rights commitments, through voluntary pledges and sponsorships, as well as by ratifying international treaties. Understanding these can help you in your work to protect and promote human rights at the national level.
This section includes information on Sponsorships, while the previous section focused on Commitments and Obligations.
Sponsors are those States who are the leaders or main supporters of a resolution on a particular human rights theme or country situation. Sponsors typically write, negotiate and present the resolution to the Human Rights Council.
Co-sponsors are those States that are supporters of the resolution, and indicate so by signing on to it.
Below are some examples of sponsorships by different States.
If you know the sponsor of a resolution, then you know the right country representative to talk to, to ensure your points are included in the resolution.
Knowing co-sponsors is important too. In the civil society space, co-sponsors are the ones you want to talk to in order to garner support for another resolution on a similar issue. Or put another way, if you are looking for States to support a particular position or issue, find out which States were co-sponsors of a resolution on a similar issue.
Resolutions, State sponsorships and HRC elections:
Human Rights Council voting, preparing for elections:
Use the Key Resources links at the bottom of this section to help you research the following: