United Nations Human Rights Council

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Website: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is a United Nations intergovernmental body with a mandate to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights globally. It consists of 47 member states elected by the UN General Assembly. The HRC collaborates closely with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), led by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Two key issues addressed by the HRC are freedom of expression and privacy in the online sphere. These topics are discussed during UNHRC sessions and are covered in resolutions and reports prepared by special rapporteurs appointed by the Council. The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression  focuses on issues like encryption, anonymity, and surveillance related to digital rights. Meanwhile, the Special Rapporteur on privacy  recommends measures to safeguard privacy rights, especially in the context of emerging technologies.

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