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The Human Rights Council appoints a special rapporteur on the protection of human rights in the context of climate change and a special rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation in Burundi

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The Human Rights Council appoints a special rapporteur on the protection of human rights in the context of climate change and a special rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation in Burundi

The Council decided to appoint, for a period of three years, a special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 9, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Human Rights Council appointed this afternoon a special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, and a special rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation in Burundi.

In a resolution on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, adopted by 42 votes in favor, 1 against and 4 abstentions, the Council decided to appoint, for a term three-year-old special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change. The Council also requested the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council to conduct a study and report, in close cooperation with the Special Rapporteur, on the impact of new climate protection technologies on the enjoyment of people. human rights.

Regarding the human rights situation in Burundi, the Council adopted a resolution by 21 votes in favor, 15 against and 11 abstentions, in which it decided to appoint a special rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation. in Burundi, to make recommendations for its improvement, to collect, review and assess information from all relevant stakeholders relating to human rights in Burundi, drawing on the work of the Commission of investigation, to advise the Burundian Government in the fulfillment of its human rights obligations under international treaties, and to offer support and advice to civil society and to the Independent National Human Rights Commission in carrying out its independent mandate to promote and protect human rights as well as in raising awareness of human rights issues.

On the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Council adopted a resolution by 23 for, 7 against and 17 abstentions, in which it expressed grave concern at the persistence of the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and by the fact that the conflict had been marked by constant patterns of gross violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law, strongly condemned all violations and abuses and the current situation of human rights, demanded that all parties immediately fulfill their respective obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, and underscored the need to ensure that all responsible for these violations and abuses have to answer for their actions.

The Council also adopted a resolution on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights, in which it condemned all acts of intimidation or reprisals, online and offline, committed by state and non-state actors against individuals and groups seeking to cooperate, cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. The Council urged States to take all appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of acts of intimidation or retaliation, whether online or offline, including, where appropriate, by adopting and implementing a specific legislation and policies to promote a safe and conducive environment for engagement with the United States. United Nations on human rights and to effectively protect those who seek to cooperate, cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights against any act of intimidation or retaliation.

The webcast of the meetings of the Human Rights Council is available here. All meeting summaries are available here. Documents and reports relating to the forty-eighth ordinary session of the Human Rights Council are available here.

The Council will then meet on Monday, October 11 at 10 a.m. to resume its deliberations on the draft resolutions and decisions.

Action on resolution under the agenda item on the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

In a resolution (A / HRC / 48 / L.27) on the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, adopted by 42 votes in favor, 1 against and 4 abstentions , the Council decides to appoint, for a period of three years, a Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, whose mandate, among others, is to report annually to the Council rights, from its fiftieth session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-seventh session. Council also requests the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council to conduct a study and report, in close cooperation with the Special Rapporteur, on the impact of new climate protection technologies on the enjoyment of rights. human rights, and submit the report to the Council at its fifty-fourth session.

The results of the vote were as follows:

For (42): Argentina, Austria, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany; Indonesia, Italy, Libya, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

Against (1): Russian Federation.

Abstentions (4): China, Eritrea, India and Japan.

Action on resolutions under the agenda item on human rights situations requiring the attention of the Council

In a resolution (A / HRC / 48 / L.10) on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted by 23 votes in favor, 7 against and 17 abstentions, the Council expresses its grave concern that the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic continues and that the conflict has been marked by consistent patterns of gross violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law, strongly condemns all violations and abuses and the current human rights situation, demands that all parties immediately comply with their respective obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, stresses the need to ensure that all those responsible for these violations and abuses must be held accountable for their actions; and decides to remain seized of the matter.

The results of the vote were as follows:

For (23): Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Togo, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Against (7): Armenia, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russian Federation and Venezuela. Abstentions (17): Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, India, Indonesia, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan and Uzbekistan.

In a resolution (A / HRC / 48 / L.19 / Rev.1) on the situation of human rights in Burundi, adopted by 21 votes in favor, 15 against and 11 abstentions, the Council decides to appoint a rapporteur in charge of to monitor the human rights situation in Burundi, to make recommendations for its improvement, to collect, review and evaluate information from all stakeholders concerned with human rights in Burundi, in building on the work of the Commission of Inquiry, to advise the government of Burundi to fulfill its human rights obligations under international treaties, and to offer support and advice to civil society and to the Independent National Human Rights Commission in carrying out its independent mandate of promoting and protecting human rights as well as raising awareness on human rights issues. The Council further requests the Special Rapporteur to present to the Human Rights Council at its fiftieth session an oral update on the situation of human rights in Burundi and also to submit to the Council at its fiftieth session. and first session, and to the Secretary-General Assembly at its seventy-seventh session, a full written report.

The results of the vote were as follows:

For (21): Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Italy, Japan, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Kingdom – United and Uruguayan.

Against (15): Bolivia, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gabon, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, Togo and Venezuela.

Abstentions (11): Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, India, Indonesia, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Sudan and Uzbekistan.

Action on the resolution under the agenda item on human rights organs and mechanisms

In a resolution (A / HRC / 48 / L.21 / Rev.1) on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights, adopted without a vote as orally revised , Council condemns all acts of intimidation or retaliation, online and offline, by state and non-state actors against individuals and groups who seek to cooperate, cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations , its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. The Council urges States to take all appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of acts of intimidation or reprisals, whether online or offline, including, if necessary, by adopting and implementing legislation and specific policies to promote a safe and conducive environment for engagement with the United Nations. United Nations on human rights and to effectively protect those who seek to cooperate, cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights against any act of intimidation or retaliation. The Council invites the Secretary-General to continue to provide the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with sufficient resources to prevent and address allegations of acts of intimidation or reprisals in the most effective and efficient manner. sensitive to gender, and invites the Secretary-General to submit the report he presents annually to the Human Rights Council on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights also to the General Assembly, from its seventy-seventh session.

Before adopting the resolution, the Council voted and rejected amendments L.50 and L.52-57.

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