United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council based in Geneva is the central international body responsible for human rights issues. In its present structure, the Human Rights Council is a relatively young organisation which has emerged from a reform process in 2006/07. It replaces the former Commission on Human Rights with the aim of ensuring the protection of human rights in an objective, effective and non-politicized manner. In addition to developing new human rights instruments, the Human Rights Council has the task to monitor human rights conditions worldwide and to draw attention to human rights problems in different countries or in relation to specific issues through resolutions or by appointing special rapporteurs. The Human Rights Council consists of 47 members (states).
The Justice and Peace Commission observes and comments on the work of the Council in the fields of freedom of religion and belief, human rights and Traditional Values as well as the protection of human rights defenders. Moreover, we support our partner organisations in the Universal Periodic Review process and – together with the Forum Menschenrechte – we monitor and comment on the records of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Human Rights Council.

Theses oft he working group „Human Dignity and Human Rights“ on human rights and Traditional Values

Website of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief

Daniel Legutke, Religionsfreiheit versus Meinungsfreiheit. Zu einer aktuellen Debatte im UN-Menschenrechtsrat, in: Herder Korrespondenz 67 (2013), No. 10.,511-514.

Daniel Legutke, Zwischen islamischen Werten und allgemeinen Menschenrechten. Zur Rolle der Organisation für islamische Zusammenarbeit im UN Menschenrechtsrat, in :Amos international. Internationale Zeitschrift für christliche Sozialethik 7(2013)., p. 25-28