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The United Nations General Assembly

The question of human rights in the UN General Assembly is handled by the Committee of Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, also called the third committee. The committee is in session for two months every year, in October and November. The committee focuses on promoting the rights of women, defending the rights of children, the question of indigenous people, improving access to fundamental rights by eradicating racism and racial discrimination, and on the right of self-determination. The committee also handles the questions of social development, criminal law and the control of international drug trade. The committee has a plenary discussion that passes more than 50 resolutions, half of which are on the subject of human rights.

More concise information on the UN human rights institutions can be found on the human rights webpage: http://www.un.org/en/rights.

Last updated: 13 November 2013

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