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Hello, this is Paula. A year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine provided a new purpose to the Human Rights Council, Switzerland has joined the bandwagon to push for new areas of rights abuses while some feel the UN body is taking on more than it can chew.

We also hear from a researcher at the Geneva Academy on how the country has a moral obligation to take on the last of the Guantánamo detainees in spite of opposition from politicians and the public. And UN aid flights were shut down over Congo after a World Food Programme copter came under fire.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Human Rights Council on opening day of its 52nd session, 27 February 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

Picking up after human rights violations. At the opening of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, the president of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Kőrös, compared the “unprecedented, cascading and interlocking crises” in human rights to the Anthropocene, or the moment when human activity began massively impacting the Earth’s environment. As the council takes on a growing number of human rights abuses, we look at some of those that are expected to be discussed over the coming five weeks in Geneva.

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💭Switzerland should agree to host Guantanamo detainees. Some detainees who have been cleared for release from the US military prison cannot be returned to their country. For Cyprien Fluzin, teaching assistant and doctoral researcher at the Geneva Academy, Switzerland has a moral, but also political, interest in receiving some of them.

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