Promotion of human rights

In 2006, the General Assembly established a new subsidiary body—the Human Rights Council—as the Organization’s primary mechanism for promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms, in accordance with Member States’ resolve at the 2005 World Summit to reform the UN system’s human rights machinery. The Council, based in Geneva and comprising 47 members, replaced the 53-member Commission on Human Rights, which had shouldered that responsibility since 1946. All Commission mandates, mechanisms, functions and responsibilities were to be assumed by the Council, which would report directly to the Assembly and whose status and operation would be subject to review within five years.

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