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Human Rights Council Elections 2023: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership

In advance of the Human Rights Council elections that will take place this autumn for the membership term 2024-2026, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold an online pledging event for candidate States on 6 September 2023.

Location: ONLINE

Register here.

The event intends to give candidates an opportunity to present their visions for Council membership and to respond to questions from a range of stakeholders on how they propose to realise the pledges and commitments they may have made in seeking election.

State representatives, civil society, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and other key stakeholders are invited to participate actively in the event and pose questions to candidate States.

This year 17 countries are running for 15 seats: 

  • African States: Côte d'Ivoire, Burundi, Malawi and Ghana (4 candidates for 4 seats: closed slate)
  • Asia and the Pacific States: China, Japan, Kuwait and Indonesia (4 candidates for 4 seats: closed slate)
  • Latin America and Caribbean States: Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Peru (4 candidates for 3 seats)
  • Western Europe and other States: France and the Kingdom of Netherlands (2 candidates for 2 seats: closed slate)
  • Central and Eastern Europe States: Albania, Bulgaria and the Russian Federation (3 candidates for 2 seats)

Score cards for all States are available here.

The following candidate States have confirmed their participation in the event so far: 
Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, the Netherlands, Peru.

The event will be moderated by Rio Hada, Chief of the Equality, Development & Rule of Law Section and OIC in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York.

Have a question? 

  • Follow the event and submit questions to candidates via Twitter:  @ISHRglobal #HRCelections2023
  • Submit your question via this form.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Belgium and the Republic of South Africa at the United Nations.