The[no-glossary] UN Human Rights Council[/no-glossary] , or 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. The HRC is a key process within the UN system to study, investigate, assess and provide recommendations on human rights issues and violations. The Council undertakes a Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of all 192 UN member states once every four years.