The UPR and Human Rights Education (HRE)

Since its creation through Resolution 60/251 of the UN General Assembly in New York on 15 March 2005, the Human Rights Council has deemed human rights education an important issue. Article 5 of this Resolution, which lists the Council’s tasks and objectives, specifies under point a) that the Council must “promote human rights education and learning.”

However, upon examining the final reports from the first session of the UPR, human rights education (hereinafter HRE) does not appear in the vast majority of them. When it does, it is in vague terms of stereotyped formulas.

Nonetheless, States are bound to implement HRE through numerous treaties.