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The ECLJ is actively engaged on the international level on issues of religious freedom and human rights through its status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Accordingly, ECLJ actively participates in the work of the various bodies of the United Nations including in particular the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly, and the International Criminal Court.

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. Its main purpose is to address situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.  It meets for about 10 weeks each year in Geneva .One of the main issues that the Human Rights Council examines is the fundamental right to freedom of religion, belief, and conscience. The ECLJ is actively engaged within the work of the HRC through its various procedures and mechanisms, in particular the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Special Procedures. The ECLJ also participates to the HRC sessions and submits written memorandum and oral statements to the HRC.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. The ECLJ participates in this process providing to the Human Rights Council reports on religious freedom on the States under review.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES
"Special procedures" is a mechanisms established to examine, monitor, advise and publicly report on human rights situations in specific countries or on major phenomena of human rights violations worldwide. Various activities are undertaken by special procedures, including responding to individual complaints, conducting studies, providing advice on technical cooperation at the country level, and engaging in general promotional activities. Mandate holders also carry out country visits to investigate the situation of human rights at the national level. The ECLJ regularly provide information to the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and file individual complaints.

ECLJ REPORTS TO THE OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR)

ECLJ STATEMENTS TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
The ECLJ regularly submits written statements to the Human Rights Council and make oral interventions to the Human Rights Council's.

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