June 15, 2015 to July 3, 2015

The Human Rights Council held its twenty-ninth regular session from 15 June to 3 July 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

During this session the Council dedicateD an expressive space to discuss the rights of women and girls as well as to promote interactive dialogue with Special Procedures. The following relate to persons with disabilities:

1. Panel discussion on realizing the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl, on 16th June
2. Annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women, on 19th June
Panel 1: Eliminating and preventing domestic violence against women and girls
Panel 2: Women’s human rights and participation in power and decision-making

a. Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák
b. Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo
c. Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh
d. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston
e. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye
f. Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras
g. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani
h. Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
i. Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice
j. Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity, Virginia Dandan

• Resolution on the impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights (Morocco, Austria, Indonesia and Poland)
• Resolution in celebration of the anniversaries of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Russia)
• Resolution on preventing and eliminating early and forced marriage (Sierra Leone, Canada, UK, Uruguay, Zambia, Argentina)
• Resolution on the incompatibility between democracy and racism (Brazil, MERCOSUR)
• Resolution on accelerating efforts to eliminate all kinds of violence against women (Canada)
• Resolution on the right to education (Portugal)
• Resolution on the protection of the human rights of migrants (Mexico, Philippines)
• Resolution on women, peace and security (Namibia)
• Resolution on the human rights of refugees (Japan, Estonia, Morocco, Romania, Ethiopia)
• Resolution on the elimination of discrimination against women in law and practice (Colombia, Mexico)

Working Group reports on the following States will be considered: Armenia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lesotho, Spain, Sweden, Turkey.


IDA will be working to ensure that perspectives and rights of all persons with disabilities, including girls and women with disabilities, are taken into consideration through the whole session. Detailed information about the HRC 29th session is provided below and attached.
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Accessibility to HRC meetings

The Accessibility guide to the Human Rights Council for persons with disabilities.Copies in print and braille are available by contacting the accessibility focal point, further informations are available at: www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/AboutCouncil.aspx

About the Human Rights Council
From January 2015, Mr Joachim Rücker, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations Office at Geneva, took up the post of President of the Human Rights Council.
The Council’s four Vice Presidents are Ms Filloreta Kodra of Albania, Mr Juan Esteban Aguirre Martinez of Paraguay, Mr Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan and Mr Mothusi Bruce Rabasha Palai of Botswana. Rabasha Palai of Botswana is the Rapporteur of the Council.
During its twenty-ninth session, the Council is comprised of the following 47 countries:
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Brazil, China, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Maldives, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) and Viet Nam.

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