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date: 09 May 2021

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This chapter explores the role of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in the conceptualization, interpretation, and monitoring of the WPS agenda. To do so, it examines its policy activities, including the adoption of resolutions on thematic or specific country situations, and also through the reports emanating from selected Commissions of Inquiry. Moreover, it considers the reports presented to the HRC by mandate holders in the Special Procedures system. Drawing on these documents, this chapter provides insights into the HRCs level of engagement and monitoring of the WPS agenda. In doing so, it highlights their capacity to hold states accountable for ensuring the human rights of citizens, and women’s human rights in particular. Analysis of the HRCs monitoring and reporting mechanisms suggests that while the intrinsic link between human rights and WPS is acknowledged, the implications of this relationship are not effectively addressed. This chapter argues, therefore, that a lack of consistency in developing a coherent and integrated approach to reporting and accountability work has resulted in gaps with regards to HRCs commitment to WPS.

Keywords: Human Rights Council, monitoring, reporting, accountability

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