[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday marked 50 years [UN News Centre report] since the
The 31st session for the Human Rights Council opened on February 29 and will continue until March 24. The Council takes on topics of torture, religious persecution, child rights, and general obstacles facing the advancement of international human rights. Delegates will hear from UN experts on the worsening situations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Gaza among others. Recently, Zeid has expressed concern over the the rights situation of refugees in Europe [JURIST report] fearing the lack of measures "aiming at protecting these extremely vulnerable women, children and men on the move." The council has also been paying special attention to the rights of children and the conflict in Syria [JURIST reports].