The UN Human Rights Council Report Card: 2009-2010

Introduction

This report card assesses the progress of the United Nations Human Rights Council over a oneyear period that begins with the 12th Session in September 2009 and extends through the end of the 14th Session in June 2010. The report assesses the performance of the Council on a number of key issues, including its ability to take timely action on some of the most egregious human rights abuses occurring in specific countries or regions of the world, and its capacity to address emerging global threats to fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression and freedom of association. The report also focuses on the ability of civil society stakeholders—human rights defenders and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)—to engage with and positively affect the functioning of the Council. Finally, the report assesses the actions of the U.S. government and the broader community of the world’s democracies, both of which bear special responsibility for ensuring the Council’s effectiveness.

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