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United Nations Commission on Human Rights

The United Nations (UN) Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ECOSOC created the CHR in compliance with Article 68 of the UN Charter mandating that the ECOSOC "set up [a] commission in economic and social fields and for the promotion of human rights." As of 2005, the CHR was composed of fifty-three UN member states elected by the ECOSOC, although proposals for massive reform of the Commission's structure had been proposed.

The CHR's annual six-week meeting occurs in March and April in Geneva. The primary purpose of the CHR is to investigate, examine, and promote human rights, both in specific circumstances and along broad themes. It is responsible for setting human rights standards and facilitating the implementation of those standards. Among the...

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