Council commences decisions making, establishes working group to review its work
Thursday, 01 October 2009 08:01



On 1 October 2009, the Human Rights Council commenced taking action on the 33 draft resolutions submitted for the 12th session. Among other things, the Council established a new open ended working group to review the Council's work and functioning starting after June 2010. Notably, the draft had found co-sponsors from all regional groups. According to General Assembly Resolution 60/251 establishing the Council, the Council should review its work and functioning five years after its establishment, therefore in March 2011.  During the negotiations on the draft resolution, NGOs expressed reservations about  an early commencement of the review process. 


The Council also adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Honduras since the coup d’etat of 28 June 2009. The resolution expresses deep concern about violations of human rights following the coup d’etat. and  calls for the restoration of democracy. It demonstrates the Council's capacity to address urgent situations of concern in a timely manner. The resolution also requests the High Commissioner to present a report on the human rights violations since the coup d’etat and a preliminary report to the General Assembly at its upcoming 64th session.


Several other difficult and controversial draft resolutions have been left pending and will be considered on 2 October, as negotiations continue. These include country resolutions on Myanmar, Somalia and Cambodia as well as a potentially very harmful proposal on 'traditional values of humanity' introduced by the Russian Federation and a resolution on freedom of expression by Egypt and the United States.


ISHR will publish a detailed update on the adoptions shortly. For more Council News:


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