The Human Rights Council has concluded its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention. Many speakers highlighted the repression being experienced by human rights defenders around the world, as well as the issue of State surveillance mechanisms used to silence dissent and crack down on protestors, lawyers, and defenders.


This article by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner makes the following points:
  • Upholding, promoting and protecting the rights of all was a fundamental responsibility of the State.
  • Politicisation could have done better in the work of the Council.
  • Some speakers said the Council should urge States to stop using artificial intelligence and facial recognition.


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