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UN Human Rights Council

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are deployed to represent the UK at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva; and what reports of their activities are published. (96335)

The number of staff representing the UK at the UN Human Rights Council is determined for each session based on the session’s agenda and workload. At the Council’s second regular session, 19 September to 6 October, the UK delegation was led by the UK Permanent Representative in Geneva, supported by around 10 staff in Geneva over the course of the three week session.

There is no formal, public report of the delegation’s activities. However, the delegation’s participation in the Council’s open plenary meetings is of course public. We discuss our work before and during each session with non governmental organisations and others. The delegation’s activities are also covered in other reporting mechanisms; for example the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2006 Annual Human Rights Report described some of the work done at the Council’s first regular and two Special Sessions.