The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47-member states who are elected by the UN General Assembly. The council is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights internationally and addressing situations of human rights violations and providing recommendations to mend them. The Human Rights Council meets in the UN office located in Geneva, and regularly discusses all thematic human rights issues and situations that require attention throughout the year. The Human Rights Council reviews and decides whether to renew the mandate every March.
**The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.