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FIACAT at the Commission on Human Rights’ 62nd session

The 62nd session of the Commission was scheduled to be held from 13 March to 21 April 2006, in Geneva.

But on 15 March 2006, the General Assembly adopted overwhelmingly a resolution establishing a new Human Rights Council which replaced the Human Rights Commission.

Thus, on 27 March 2006, the Commission on Human Rights concluded its sixty-second and final session by adopting a resolution in which it refers all its reports to the Human Rights Council, which will continue considerations thereof at its first session in June 2006.

The election of the Council’s first members will take place on 9 May 2006. The rules governing the election to the Human Rights Council require UN Member States to take account of candidates’ human rights record and pledges.

To gain a seat, each of the 47 members of the Council must achieve an absolute majority (96 votes) support of the 191 members of the General Assembly in individual elections held by secret ballot.

In casting their votes, all Member States must satisfy themselves that candidates, if elected, will uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights, cooperate fully with the Council and be reviewed under the universal periodic review mechanism during their term of membership.

The first session of the new Human Rights Council will be held on 19 June 2006.

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