Biennial panel discussion on unilateral coercive measures and human rights,

48th regular session of the Human Rights Council

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva and online platform (Zoom)


In its resolution 27/21, its corrigendum, and resolution 46/5, the Human Rights Council stressed that unilateral coercive measures and legislation are contrary to international law, and expressed its concern at their negative impact on human rights, development, international relations, trade, investment and cooperation. The Council has further recognized that these measures, in the form of economic sanctions, may have far-reaching implications for human rights; disproportionately affecting the poor and the most vulnerable populations; and may result in social problems and raise humanitarian concerns.

Previously, decisions of a number of United Nations organs and human rights treaty bodies as well as studies by United Nations agencies had outlined legal limitations as to the imposition of unilateral coercive measures with regard to rights essential for dignity and survival, while a number of declarations and resolutions have drawn attention to the need for special measures to alleviate the negative impact of such measures on the human rights of women and children, among other groups in a situation of vulnerability (see background documents below). Läs  informationen