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After 60 years the Commission on Human Rights, established by ECOSOC resolution E/RES/5 (I) of 16 February 1946 as a subsidiary organ of ECOSOC for the promotion and protection of human rights, was abolished with effect on 16 June 2006 by ECOSOC resolution E/RES/2006/2 of 22 March 2006 at the request of the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/60/251 of 15 March 2006. With the same resolution the General Assembly decided to establish the Human Rights Council (HRC), based in Geneva, in replacement of the Commission on Human Rights, as a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly. The HRC resolution contained all the details about the universal periodic review (UPR), the special procedures, the complaint procedure, the establishment of the HRC Advisory Committee, the agenda and the rules of procedure of the Council.

Keywords: Commission on Human Rights; ECOSOC; HRC Advisory Committee; Human Rights Council (HRC); UN



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