Sexual Rights at HRC34

28.02.17

(Human Rights Bodies / Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights)

Sexual Rights Initiative has published a breakdown of expected discussions and outcomes from the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The session will take place between 27 February and 24 March 2017. The summary includes sexual and reproductive health and rights related resolutions, panels, reports, Universal Periodic Review outcomes and events.

Expected resolutions relevant to sexual rights

  • The rights of the child (EU, GRULAC)
  • Human rights defenders (Norway)
  • Right to privacy in the digital age (Austria, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland)
  • Freedom of religion or belief (EU)
  • Freedom of opinion and expression (USA, Uruguay, Latvia, Benin)
  • Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law (Mexico, Turkey)
  • Realisation of cultural and economic rights (Portugal)

Sexual rights related panels

Panel discussion on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights This panel discussion will aim to generate concrete recommendations on actions that States and other stakeholders may take in order to accelerate progress in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity while upholding guarantees of human rights. Click here to download the concept note

Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child
Theme: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The meeting will contribute to the discussion on how the 2030 Agenda can advance the rights of the child, in particular by leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first. It will stress the importance of mainstreaming children’s rights in the implementation, follow-up and review of all Sustainable Development Goal. Click here to download the concept note

Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities 
Theme: Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities regarding equality and non-discrimination
The debate will seek to identify good practices in promoting the human rights of persons with disabilities in order to achieve substantive equality and to ensure non-discrimination. It will also contribute to raising awareness of the challenges that persons with disabilities continue to face in enjoying their human rights, particularly on accessing reasonable accommodation. Finally, the debate will provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the realization of the human rights of persons with disabilities and to reduce inequalities. Click here to download the concept note

Sexual Rights Related Reports

A/HRC/34/27
Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Click here to read the report »A/HRC/34/45
Annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Click here to read the report »A/HRC/34/58
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. Click here to read the report »A/HRC/34/56
Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. Fundamentalism and extremism and their grave impact on the enjoyment of cultural rights. Click here to read the report »A/HRC/34/25
Question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights. Report of the Secretary-General. Click here to read the report »

A/HRC/34/29
Realization of the right to work. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Click here to read the report »

UPR Outcomes 
Outcomes from the 26th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will be adopted during this session of the HRC. The 26th session of the UPR was held from the 31 October to 11 November 2016.
Fourteen countries were reviewed: Haiti, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova (Republic of), South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Zimbabwe

For additional information visit the SRI website