Commission on Human Rights

Report on the Sixty-First Session

(14 March-22 April 2005)

Economic and Social Council

Official Records, 2005

Supplement No. 3

United Nations

Agenda of the sixty-first session of the Commission on Human Rights

  • Election of officers.
  • Adoption of the agenda.
  • Organization of the work of the session.
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and follow-up to the World Conference on Human Rights.
  • The right of peoples to self-determination and its application to peoples under colonial or alien domination or foreign occupation.
  • Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination:
    • Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
  • The right to development.
  • Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine.
  • Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world, including:
    • Question of human rights in Cyprus;
    • Procedure Established in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolutions 1503 (XLVIII) and 2000/3.
  • Economic, social and cultural rights.
  • Civil and political rights, including the questions of:
    • Torture and detection;
    • Disappearances and summary executions;
    • Freedom of expression;
    • Independence of the judiciary, administration of justice, impunity;
    • Religious intolerance;
    • States of emergency;
    • Conscientious objection to military service.
  • Integration of the human rights of women and the gender perspective:
    • Violence against women.
  • Rights of the child.
  • Specific groups and individuals:
    • Migrant workers;
    • Minorities;
    • Mass exoduses and displaced persons;
    • Other vulnerable groups and individuals.
  • Indigenous issues.
  • Report of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights:
    • Report and draft decisions;
    • Election of members.
  • Promotion and protection of human rights:
    • Status of the International Covenants on Human Rights;
    • Human rights defenders;
    • Information and education;
    • Science and environment.
  • Effective functioning of human rights mechanisms:
    • Treaty bodies;
    • National institutions and regional arrangements;
    • Adaptation and strengthening of the United Nations machinery for human rights.
  • Advisory services and technical cooperation in the field of human rights.
  • Rationalization of the work of the Commission.
    • Draft provisional agenda for the sixty-second session of the Commission;
    • Report to the Economic and Social Council on the sixty-first session of the Commission.