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The Human Rights Council in 2020

This report addresses the following questions: What were the main developments, achievements and flash-points at the Human Rights Council in 2020? What were the Council’s principle outputs and what kind of impact did the body and its mechanisms have on the on-the-ground enjoyment of human rights? Did members of the Council cooperate with the international human rights mechanisms, and with OHCHR, over the past twelve months? Does their voting record and leadership on resolutions indicate that they did indeed strive to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights around the world – as expected under GA resolution 60/251?