The Commission on Human Rights was authorized by the Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1990/48 of 25 May 1990, to meet exceptionally between its regular sessions, provided that a majority of the members of the Commission so agreed, mindful of the need for the Commission on Human Rights to deal with urgent and acute human rights situations in the most expeditious way.
The following special sessions were held in Geneva:
Grave and massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, 17-19 October 2000
Fourth: Situation in East Timor, 23-27 September 1999
Third: Situation of human rights in Rwanda, 24-25 May 1994
Second: Situation of human rights in the territories of the former Yugoslavia, 30 November-1 December 1992
First: Situation of human rights in the territories of the former Yugoslavia, 13-14 August 1992