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Establishment of the post of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Discussion of the question on the establishment of the post of the High Commissioner for Human Rights commenced in 1951 and culminated on 20 December 1993 when the General Assembly adopted - without vote - resolution 48/141 (85th plenary meeting (A/48/PV.85, p. 12-14, agenda item 114b).

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Documents 1951-1981

 

Date
Symbol Author Title
20, 23 Apr. 1951 E/CN.4/549 and Corr.1 Uruguay Proposal relating to the establishment of an Office of the United Nations High Commissioner  for Human Rights
1951 E/1992 Commission on Human Rights Report of the 7th session of the Commission on Human Rights. Annex VII. Proposal relating to the establishment of an Office of the United Nations High Commissioner  for Human Rights
1951 E/CN.4/606 Uruguay Draft International Covenant on Human Rights and measures of implementation : amendment to the United States proposal on a protocol on petitions from individuals and non-governmental organizations (E/CN.4/557)
1951 E/CN.4/606/Rev.1 Uruguay Draft International Covenant on Human Rights and measures of implementation : amendment to the United States proposal on a protocol on petitions from individuals and non-governmental organizations (E/CN.4/557)
1952 E/CN.4/670-E/CN.4/Sub.2/149, Annex II, E, p. 43 Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Report of the 5th session of the Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to the Commission on Human Rights
1954 E/2573  Commission on Human Rights Report of the 10th session of the Commission on Human Rights. Annex III.Proposal for the establishment of an Office of the United Nations High Commissioner (Attorney-General) for Human Rights
1965 A/RES/2062 (XX) General Assembly Creation of the post of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1966 E/4184, resolution 4 (XXII), p. 81-82 Commission on Human Rights Question concerning the implementation of human rights through a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights or some other appropriate international machinery
1966 resolution 1163(XLI) ECOSOC Question concerning the implementation of human rights through a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights or some other appropriate international machinery
1967 E/4322, resolution 

14/(XXIII), p.172

Commission on Human Rights Question concerning the implementation of human rights through a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights or some other appropriate international machinery
1967 resolution 1237(XLII) ECOSOC Question concerning the implementation of human rights through a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights or some other appropriate international machinery
1967 resolution 1238(XLII) ECOSOC Question concerning the implementation of human rights through a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights or some other appropriate international machinery
1967 A/RES/2333(XXII) General Assembly Creation of the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1968

A/RES/2437(XXIII)

General Assembly Creation of the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1969

A/RES/2595(XXIV)

General Assembly Creation of the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1971

A/RES/2841(XXVI)

General Assembly Creation of the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1973

A/RES/3136(XXVIII)

 

General Assembly Creation of the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1977

A/C.3/32/L.34

Secretary-General Administrative and financial implications of the draft resolution contained in document A/C.3/32/L.25/Rev.1 : statement
1977

A/C.3/32/SR.50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 67, 68 

3rd Committee, General Assembly Summary record of the 50th-55th, 67-68 meetings : 3rd Committee, General Assembly, 32nd session
1978

A/33/142

Costa Rica Request for the inclusion of an item in the provisional agenda of the 33rd session : creation of the post of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : letter dated 18 July 1978 from the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
1978

A/C.3/33/L.37

Costa Rica Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the creation of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : draft resolution
1978

A/C.3/33/L.46

Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bulgaria, Burundi, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, India, Jordan, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sweden, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Yugoslavia and Zambia Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the creation of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : draft resolution
1978

A/C.3/33/L.50

Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Bulgaria, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Hungary, Iraq, Madagascar, Mozambique, Syrian Arab Republic and Viet Nam Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the creation of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : draft amendment to draft resolution A/C.3/33/L.37
1978

A/C.3/33/L.53

Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : draft resolution
1978

A/C.3/33/L.58

Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Bulgaria, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Iraq, Madagascar, Mozambique, Syrian Arab Republic, Viet Nam Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the creation of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : draft amendment to draft resolution A/C.3/33/L.53
1978

A/C.3/33/L.61

Secretary-General Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : administrative and financial implications of the draft resolution contained in document A/C.3/33/L.37 : statement
1978

A/33/473

3rd Committee : General Assembly, 33rd session Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : report of the 3rd Committee : General Assembly, 33rd session
1978

A/33/PV.84

General Assembly General Assembly official records, 33rd session : 84th plenary meeting, Thursday, 14 December 1978, New York
1978

A/RES/33/104

General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the creation of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1978

A/RES/33/105

General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the creation of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for human rights
1979

resolution 1979/36

ECOSOC Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms
1979

A/34/PV.18

General Assembly Record of meeting held on 3 Oct. 1979
1979 A/C.3/34/L.19 Costa Rica Draft resolution
1979 A/C.3/34/SR.25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 36, 37 3rd Committee, General Assembly Record of meetings, 1979, 34th sess., 3rd Committee
1979

A/34/704

3rd Committee, General Assembly Report of the 3rd Committee
1979 A/34/PV.76 General Assembly Record of meeting held on 23 Nov. 1979
1979

A/RES/34/48

General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improvement of the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms
1980

A/C.3/35/L.58

Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Honduras, Lesotho, Netherlands, Spain and Suriname Draft resolution
1980

A/C.3/35/L.89

Algeria, Cuba, India and Yugoslavia Amendments to the draft resolution contained in document A/C.3/35/L.58
1980

A/C.3/35/SR.66, 71, 72

3rd Committee, General Assembly Record of meetings, 1980, 35th sess., 3rd Committee
1980

A/35/721

3rd Committee, General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : report of the 3rd Committee : General Assembly, 35th session
1980

A/35/744

5th Committee, General Assembly Administrative and financial implications of draft resolution I recommended by the 3rd Committee (A/35/721, para. 28) : report of the 5th Committee
1980

A/35/PV.96

General Assembly General Assembly, 35th session : 96th plenary meeting, Monday, 15 December 1980, New York
1981

A/RES/35/175

General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system to improve the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms
1981

E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.771

Mr. Bossuyt, Mr. Carter, Mr. Chowdhury, Mr. Eide, Mr. Ferrero, Mr. Foli, Mr. Martinez-Baez, Mr. Masud, Mr. Mubanga-Chipoya, Mr. M. Mudawi, Mrs. Odio-Benito, Ms. M. Perdomo de Sousa, Mr. Whitaker Draft resolution
1981 E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.792  Mr. Jimeta

Amendment to draft resolution E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.771

1981

E/1981/25, decision 37/6

Commission on Human Rights Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission : alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms
1981

E/CN.4/1512, resolution 12,p. 86

Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities  Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including policies of racial discrimination and segregation and of apartheid, in all countries, with particular reference to colonial and other dependent countries and territories : report of the Sub-Commission under Commission on Human Rights
1981

 

A/C.3/36/L.43

Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Germany, Federal Republic of, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Lesotho, Netherlands, Norway, Panama and Sweden Draft resolution
1981

A/C.3/36/L.44

Algeria, Cuba, India and Yugoslavia Amendments to draft resolution contained in document A/C.3/36/L.43
1981

A/C.3/36/L.46

Italy Subamendments to the amendments proposed in document A/C.3/36/L.44
1981

A/C.3/36/L.43/Rev.1

Botswana, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Germany, Federal Republic of, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Lesotho, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sweden and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Revised draft resolution
1981

A/C.3/36/SR.39, 40, 42, 43, 49, 55, 64

3rd Committee, General Assembly Record of meetings, 36th sess., 3rd Committee
1981 A/36/731 3rd Committee, General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : report of the 3rd Committee : General Assembly, 36th session
1981 A/RES/36/135 General Assembly Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms
1981 A/36/PV.97 General Assembly Record of meeting held on 14 Dec. 1981

 

 

Documents 1982-1993

 

 

Date     Symbol Author Title
1982    E/CN.4/1982/SR.15, 16, 56 Commission on Human Rights Record of meetings
1982 E/CN.4/1982/L.28 Costa Rica, Germany, Federal Republic of and Italy Draft resolution
1982 E/CN.4/1982/L.46 Brazil Amendment to the draft resolution E/CN.4/1982/L.28
1982

A/C.3/36/L.43/Rev.2

Botswana, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Germany, Federal Republic of, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Lesotho, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sweden and United Kingdom Revised draft resolution
1982 E/1982/12, resolution 

1982/22, p. 137-138

Commission on Human Rights Report of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on its 34th session
1982 E/1982/12, resolution 

1982/40, p. 158-159

Commission on Human Rights Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission on Human Rights : alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms
1982 E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/26 Secretary-General Summary of information regarding consideration by United Nations organs of the question of the establishment of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : note
1982 E/CN.4/1983/4, decision 1982/5, p.111 Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission has been concerned
1982 E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/L.37 Mr. Bossuyt, Mr. Eide, Mr. Ferrero, Mr. Foli, Mr. Mubanga-Chipoya, Mr. Mudawi, Mrs. Odio-Benito, Mrs. Warzazi and Mr. Whitaker Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission has been concerned : Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities : draft resolution
1982 E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/L.55 Mr. Akram Amendment to the draft resolution contained in document E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/L.37 
1982 E/CN.4/1983/4, resolution 1982/27, p. 101-102 Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission has been concerned
1982 E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/NGO/2 Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities has been concerned : written statement
1982

E/CN.4/1982/NGO/4

Christian Democratic World Union Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission on Human Rights : alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : written statement
1982

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/36

Working Group on the Question of the Establishment of a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Report of the Working Group on the Question of the Establishment of a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1982

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/SR.21, 22, 36

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Summary record of  meetings, 35th session, 1982
1983

 

E/CN.4/1983/WG.3/WP.7

Open-ended Working Group established under Commission on Human Rights resolution 1982/40 Draft report of the Open-ended Working Group established under Commission on Human Rights resolution 1982/40
1983

E/CN.4/1983/NGO/44

Christian Democratic World Union Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission on Human Rights: written statement
1983

 

E/CN.4/1983/L.61
Colombia, Costa Rica, Federal Republic of Germany, Fiji, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, Uruguay Question of the establishment of a post of High Commissioner for Human Rights : draft resolution
1983 E/CN.4/1983/L.92 Brazil    Amendments to draft resolution contained in document E/CN.4/1983/L.61
1983

E/1983/13, resolution 1983/49, p. 183-184

Commission on Human Rights Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission [on Human Rights] : alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : question of the establishment of a post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1983

E/CN.4/1983/SR.54/Add.1

Commission on Human Rights Summary record of the 54th meeting (2nd part), Commission on Human Rights, 39th session, held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on Wednesday, 9 March 1983
1983

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1983/SR.12, 26

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Summary record of meetings, Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 36th session, 1983
1983

E/CN.4/1984/3, resolution 1983/36, p. 102-103

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission has been concerned
1983

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1983/L.14

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission has been concerned: draft resolution
1983

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1983/NGO/7

the International League for Human Rights, Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute, the International Human Rights Law Group Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities has been concerned : written statement
1983

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1983/L.72

Mr. Mahdi Review of further developments in fields with which the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities has been concerned : amendment to draft resolution E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.14
1983

E/CN.4/1984/3

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Report of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on its 36th session, Geneva, 15 August-9 September 1983
1983

A/C.3/38/SR.40, 41, 42

  Summary records of meetings, 3rd Committee, General Assembly, 1983
1984

E/CN.4/1984/L.23

Costa Rica Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission ; alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : draft resolution
1984

E/CN.4/1984/SR.30, 60, 61

Commission on Human Rights Summary records of meetings, Commission on Human Rights, 40th session, 1984
1984 E/CN.4/1984/L.89 Brazil Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission : alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations System for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms : draft resolution
1984 E/CN.4/1984/L.102 Cuba Amendments to draft resolution E/CN.4/1984/L.23
1984

E/CN.4/1984/L.90

German Democratic Republic Amendments to draft resolution E/CN.4/1984/L.23
1984 A/C.3/39/SR.36 3rd Committee, General Assembly Summary record of the 36th meeting, 3rd Committee, held on Monday, 12 November 1984, New York, General Assembly, 39th session
1985 E/CN.4/1985/SR.53/Add.1 Commission on Human Rights Summary record of the 53rd meeting (2nd part), held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on Tuesday, 12 March 1985 : Commission on Human Rights, 41st session
1985 A/C.3/40/SR.36 3rd Committee, General Assembly Summary record of the 36th meeting : 3rd Committee, held on Friday, 8 November 1985, New York, General Assembly, 40th session
1993 A/CONF.157/PC/42/Add.8 Romanian Institute for Human Rights Contribution submitted by the Romanian Institute for Human Rights : World Conference on Human Rights : note by the Secretariat
1993 A/CONF.157/PC/42/Add.1 Secretary-General Report on other meetings and activities : World Conference on Human Rights, Preparatory Committee
1993 A/CONF.157/PC/94  United States Letter dated 5 May 1993 from the Ambassador of the United States to the Secretary-General of the World Conference on Human Rights
1993 A/CONF.157/PC/L.30/Add.5 Secretary-General Draft final documents proposed by the Preparatory Committee : World Conference on Human Rights, 4th session, Geneva, 19 April-7 May 1993 : note
1993 A/CONF.157/23

World Conference on Human Rights (1993 : Vienna). Secretariat

Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action : note
1993 A/CONF.157/24(PartI) World Conference on Human Rights Report of the World Conference on Human Rights
1993

DPI/1394

World Conference on Human Rights (1993 : Vienna)

World Conference on Human Rights : the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, June 1993 with the opening statement of United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1993   World Conference on Human Rights (1993 : Vienna)

Statements made during the WCHR on the establishment of the post of the high commissioner for human rights (audio recording).

1993

A/C.3/48/8

Slovenia Letter dated 93/11/03 from the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
1993

A/C.3/48/L.59

United States of America Establishment of a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : draft resolution
1993

A/C.3/48/L.79

Malaysia Establishment of a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : proposed amendments to draft resolution A/C.3/48/L.59
1983

A/C.3/48/L.85

Working Group of the 3rd Committee Report of the Chairman of the Working Group of the 3rd Committee
1993

A/C.3/48/L.86

Secretary-General Programme budget implications of draft resolution A/C.3/48/L.59 : statement
1993

A/C.3/48/L.87

Secretary-General Programme budget implications of draft resolution contained in the report of the Chairman of the Working Group of the 3rd Committee (A/C.3/48/L.85) : General Assembly, 48th session : statement
1993

A/C.5/48/61

Secretary-General Programme budget implications of the draft resolution contained in the report of the Chairman of the Working Group of the 3rd Committee (A/C.3/48/L.85) : statement
1993

A/48/832

Azerbaijan Letter dated 93/12/25 from the Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
20 Dec. 1993

A/RES/48/141

General Assembly High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights