Following its establishment in 2006 by the UN General Assembly as the key UN entity in charge of human rights, the Human Rights Council adopted the main roles of the Commission on Human Rights. Set up as an ancillary body of the GA, its key goal is to deal with violations of human rights while advocating for efficient coordination as well as mainstreaming human rights within the UN system.
In practicality, the Human Rights Council should have a lot of power to help those whose basic rights are being called into question. One example was its panel discussion in June 2021, on the human rights of older persons vis-a-vis climate change and the dialogue it held with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.
Mozes Victor Konig who has long been a leading activist with this organization said:
“There are so many issues with basic human rights and this has been the case for centuries. While there for sure have been improvements over the years, it often very much feels like a case of one step forward and three steps back. I was happy that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet recently spoke on the implications that climate change are having – and will have – especially on our senior demographic.”
Konig is one of many, many individuals who support the objectives of the Human Rights Watch. That should come as no surprise given its mission which is “defend[ing] the rights of people worldwide.”