U.N. Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses’

The U.N. Human Rights Council convened Monday for its 46th regular session to address what U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called a “pandemic of human rights abuses” that has intensified amid the coronavirus. … In addressing those issues, the HRC’s “biggest challenge is just its credibility on the international scene,” said David Kaye, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. The council is the sole international body entrusted with the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. But Kaye said it’s also been widely criticized for not holding its own members accountable for human rights violations.