CAL at 39th Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva. The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.

The 39th Session of the Human Rights Councilstarted on Monday, 10 September and continues until 28 September. For detailed information about the HRC please click here. All documents relating to the 39th session can be found here.

CAL, through our membership in the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) will be engaging throughout the council by preparing and delivering statements, engaging with state representatives to suggest progressive sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) language in resolutions, hosting side events and engaging with other civil society groups to strengthen networks and combine advocacy efforts.

Side Event: Regional Developments in Aborition Law & Policy Reform

HRC39 panel invite

CAL will be hosting in collaboration with the SRI and multiple partners, a side-event on Regional Developments in Abortion Law and Policy Reform on 13 September 2018 at 13:00, Geneva time. Varyanne Sika, CAL’s Research & Documentation Manager, will be facilitating the panel. You will be able to watch live on Facebook by following this link.


Add your organisation signature to the Joint statement on abortion!

In support of the September 28 “Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion” Sexual Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights, Ipas, the Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, the Youth Coalition and the Swedish Association for Sexuality and Education have developed a joint statement on abortion rights for delivery at the upcoming 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The focus of this year’s statement is on abortion right defenders, including service providers, and abortion stigma. This initiative builds on last year’s successful joint CSO statement to the Council when over 285 organizations signed on to the statement and we hope even more organizations across movements will voice their support this year!  The statement is in English for your review under the link:

CSO joint statement on abortion_E

Declaración conjunta para los derechos sobre el aborto  _SP

Déclaration commune des OSC sur la l’avortement _F

заявление об аборте__RUS
The session runs from Sept. 10-28, and the most suitable Council agenda item for the statement would appear to be the general debate on the implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24. A couple of requirements that need to be fulfilled include connecting the statement with the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and observing the 1:30 -minute limit for the delivery of the statement.
We invite groups and organisations to sign on to the statement by Sept. 21:

  • If you have consultative status with ECOSOC and have a designated Geneva representative in the Indico system, please complete the form, email a signed copy to, cc or forward the email to and we will add your name to the statement.
  • If your organization does not have consultative status with ECOSOC, please click here to fill out the sign in form.

Unfortunately, the UN will not accept endorsements by individuals so if you are not affiliated with an organization you can show your support by helping to disseminate the statement far and wide.



Remember to stay tuned to for live coverage of the Council and updates on our work shared via our social media spaces on Facebook and Twitter.