18 Oct 2017
R2P and Outcomes of the Human Rights Council 36th Session

The 36th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) was held in Geneva between the 11 and 29 September 2017. As the primary international human rights body, the Human Rights Council has the capacity to provide early warning regarding potential mass atrocity crimes, as systematic violations and abuses of human rights can be an indicator of potential war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide or ethnic cleansing. This summary highlights outcomes and relevant interactive dialogues from the 36th session as they relate to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) populations from such crimes. In addition, as part of the 36th session, Rwanda delivered a statement on behalf of the fifty members of the Group of Friends of R2P during the discussion of Item 2: Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General.