HRC – Human Rights Council. An inter-governmental body within the United Nations (UN) system created in 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission, which had become highly politicized and was generally recognized as non-functional. An intergovernmental organization created within the UN body in 2006 by the UN General Assembly.
Special Rapporteur – An individual charged by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate a specific set of human rights concerns. Also see Thematic mechanisms.