The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 member states responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN General Assembly on March 15, 2006 with the main purpose of addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. The Council holds no tangible authority. It may make suggestions to the Security Council, but is otherwise advised by unpaid reporters that are recognized globally as experts in various fields of human rights. Commissions take one of two forms: country-specific commissions that examine the entirety of a nation’s abuses (which is growing nearly obsolete after many complaints at the hands of offending nations) and thematic commissions, which deal with global problems such as the preservation of core rights and the fighting of slavery and the modern slave trade.
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