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Traditional Practices Affecting Women
Traditional practices and rituals reflect the beliefs and values that are upheld within communities. However, these practices, often spanning across generations, can be both beneficial or harmful to society. Despite violating fundamental human rights, harmful traditional practices have persisted into the modern era. Specific groups, such as women and girls, are often targeted for practices including female genital mutilation, child marriages, force-feeding, and dowry laws. The UNHRC has to address the negative implications of these practices and determine a plan of action to prevent them from happening in the future, while navigating various cultural sensitivities.
People with no citizenship are often marginalised in society and particularly vulnerable to human rights violations. For an individual, stateless status can lead to the denial of basic human rights, such as the right to recognition as a person before the law and the right to development. As a group, stateless status can be a source or indicator of political upheaval, as illustrated in the case of the Rohingya migration in Southeast Asia. As a matter of fact, stateless ethnic groups, such as but not limited to the Rohingya, are especially prone to being the victim of transnational crimes and are often portrayed as a ‘threat’ to their transit and destination countries. The international community needs to examine its position concerning this matter and consider what role it should take in addressing statelessness in the involved states.
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.