Aside from the fact that they meet in a building with a pretty awesome ceiling, the United Nations is one of the most significant international organizations in the world. And while it has many different areas of focus, one of the most culturally, socially, and morally significant ones is human rights abuses.
The Human Rights Council was only recently created to replace its widely-condemned predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, and unfortunately, the scope of change between the two organizations has been comparable to the underwhelming name change. However, with the recent addition of the United States as a member on the Council, dialogue has increased over potential changes that could increase its effectiveness. My white paper focuses on how the Human Rights Council came to be, what it’s most significant shortcomings are, and on concrete suggestions that could alter the organizations for the better.