U.N. Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses’

The U.N. Human Rights Council convened Monday for its 46th regular session to address what U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called a “pandemic of human rights abuses” that has intensified amid the coronavirus.

The HRC’s session runs through March 23, and it has a full agenda: It plans to discuss dire situations in Myanmar, Venezuela, Syria, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka, among others. More than 100 nongovernmental organizations are also calling on the council to establish a way to monitor and report human rights violations in Egypt.

In addressing those issues, the HRC’s “biggest challenge is just its credibility on the international scene,” said David



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