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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/HRC/9/1
28 July 2008

Original: ENGLISH

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Ninth session
Agenda item 1
Organizational and procedural matters



ANNOTATIONS TO THE AGENDA FOR THE NINTH SESSION

OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL*

Note by the Secretary-General


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* Late submission.



CONTENTS
Paragraphs
Page
1.
Organizational and procedural matters
1-12
4
2.
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Secretary-General
13-21
6
3.
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
22-34
7
(a) Economic, social and cultural rights
23-24
8
(b) Rights of peoples, and specific groups and individuals
25-28
8
(c) Right to development
29-31
9
(d) Interrelation of human rights and human rights thematic issues
32-34
9
4.
Human rights situations that require the Council's attention
35-42
10
5.
Human rights bodies and mechanisms
43-50
11
(a) Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
43
11
(b) Complaint procedure
44-46
12
(c) Social Forum
47
12
(d) Forum on minority issues
48
12
(e) Expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples
49-50
12
6.
Universal periodic review
51-53
13
7.
Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories
54-56
13
8.
Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action
57-61
14
9.
Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance: follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
62-67
14
10.
Technical assistance and capacity-building
68-70
16


1. Organizational and procedural matters

Date and venue of the session

1. In accordance with its annual programme of work, as considered on 19 June 2008 at the organizational meeting for the third cycle of the Human Rights Council, the Council is scheduled to hold its ninth session from 8 to 26 September 2008 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

2. In accordance with rule 8 (b) of the rules of procedure of the Council, as contained in section VII of the annex to Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007, the organizational meeting for the ninth session is scheduled for 22 August 2008.

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6. Universal periodic review

51. The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review held its first session from 7 to 18 April 2008 and its second session from 5 to 16 May 2008. The third session of the Working Group is scheduled to be held from 1 to 12 December 2008.

52. The Council will proceed to establish the order of review for the fourth and fifth sessions of the Working Group on the universal periodic review by the drawing of lots. The following order of review for the third session of the Working Group was established on 21 September 2007 by the drawing of lots: Botswana, Bahamas, Burundi, Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu (A/HRC/6/22, annex VII).

53. The Council will also proceed to the selection of troikas for the third, fourth and fifth sessions of the Working Group, in accordance with paragraph 18 (d) of the annex to Council resolution 5/1 and the established modalities (A/HRC/6/22, annex V).


7. Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Follow-up to special sessions

54. In its resolution S-1/1 of 6 July 2006, the Council decided to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission headed by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. In its resolution S-3/1 of 15 November 2006, the Council decided to dispatch urgently a high-level fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Council, to travel to Beit Hanoun.

55. In its resolution OM/1/2, adopted at its first organizational meeting on 20 June 2007, the Council called for the implementation of resolutions S-1/1 and S-3/1, including the urgent dispatching of the fact-finding mission. In accordance with resolution 6/18 of 28 September 2007, the President and the High Commissioner reported to the Council, at its seventh session, on their efforts to implement Council resolutions S-1/1 and S-3/1 and on the compliance of Israel, the occupying Power, with those resolutions.

56. In accordance with resolution S-3/1 of 15 November 2006, the Council will consider the report of the high-level fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun (A/HRC/9/28), which was conducted from 26 to 30 May 2008 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Christine Chinkin.

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