The Role of NGOs in Protecting the Rights of Children of Ethnic Minorities
The promise of human rights is one of the pillars upon which the UN is built. The Human Rights Council serves as a function of this and its purpose is to protect these rights, especially for those groups which are unable to advocate for themselves. Children, especially those from ethnic minorities, are a group that is vulnerable to abuses and in particular need of such protection. However, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) frequently aid in these efforts and help provide much needed extra assistance. The question therefore is, how NGO’s can best assist in protecting the rights of children from ethnic minorities. Delegates will be required to discuss NGO’s roles, positions, responsibilities and capabilities in these efforts and to help build a framework for institutionalizing cooperation between the UN and these organizations.
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body of the United Nations. It consists of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly and was brought into effect to replace the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
The Council is primarily responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It is also responsible for addressing situations of human rights violations and issue recommendations on them in the form of resolutions. Within its purview is the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention. The UNHRC meets at the UN Office in Geneva.