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Resolutions adopted at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council
Monday, 30 September 2013 13:01

 

Promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal: calls upon states organisers of major sporting events to use sport as a tool to promote human rights, non-discrimination, cooperation, tolerance etc. It requests the Advisory Committee to prepare a study on the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to this end. Adopted without a vote.

 

Local government and human rights: encourages local governments to take part in the promotion and protection of human rights. It requests the Advisory Committee to prepare a report on this role for local government. Adopted without a vote.

 

Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery: renews the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a period of three years. Adopted without a vote.

 

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures: urges all special rapporteurs and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to pay attention to the negative impact and consequences of unilateral coercive measures. Adopted by vote: 31 in favour, 15 against and 1 abstention.

 

The right to development: requests OHCHR to continue to submit an annual report on its activities with regard to the right to development. Adopted by vote: 46 in favour and 1 against.

 

The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association: extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for a period of three years. Adopted without a vote.

 

The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health: extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a further period of three years. States are requested to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur. Adopted without a vote.

 

High-level panel on the identification of good practices in combatting female genital mutilation: requests OHCHR to organise at the 26th session of the Human Rights Council a high panel discussion on the identification of good practices in combating female genital mutilation. Adopted without a vote.

 

World Programme for Human Rights Education: calls upon states to strengthen efforts to advance the implementation of the 1st and 2nd phases of the World Programme and makes media professionals and journalists the focus group of the 3rd phase. Adopted without a vote.

 

Panel discussion on the safety of journalists: requests OHCHR to convene, at its 26th session, a panel discussion on the issue of the safety of journalists, identifying challenges and sharing good practices for ensuring the safety of journalists. Adopted without a vote.

 

The role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights: requests OHCHR to convene at its 27th session a panel discussion on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights and to draft a study on the prevention of human rights violations and its practical implementation to be presented to the Council’s 30th session. Adopted without a vote.

 

Arbitrary detention: extends the mandate of the Working Group on arbitrary detention for 3 years. It requests the States concerned to cooperate with the Working Group, to implement its recommendations, and to respond favourably to its requests for visits. Adopted without a vote.

 

Equal political participation: requests OHCHR to prepare a study on factors that impede equal political participation and on steps to overcome those challenges, for presentation to the Council’s 27th session. Adopted without a vote.

 

Human rights and indigenous peoples - mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples: extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a period of three years. Adopted without a vote.

 

Human rights and indigenous peoples: requests the Special Rapporteur to report on the implementation of his/her mandate and further requests the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to continue its study on the access to justice in the promotion and protection of rights of indigenous peoples. Adopted without a vote.

 

Conscientious objection to military service: urges states with compulsory military service to provide alternative service to conscientious objectors, and release those who have been detained solely for reasons of objecting to military service. Adopted without a vote.

 

Civil society space - creating and maintaining, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment: urges all states to respect civil society space and decides to have a panel discussion on this issue during the 25th session of the Council. Adopted without a vote.

 

Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age as a human rights concern: calls upon states to strengthen their international commitment to preventing mortality and morbidity of children and requests the OHCHR to provide technical assistance to states to allow them to fulfil their international obligations. Adopted without a vote.

 

Human rights in the administration of justice, including juvenile justice: calls upon States to abide by their obligations under international human rights documents on the administration of justice and decides to hold a panel discussion on this issue during the 27th session of the Council. Adopted without a vote.

 

The use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination: renews the mandate of the Working Group for three years and requests states to be vigilant with regards to recruiting mercenaries. Adopted by vote: 31 in favour, 15 against and 1 abstention.

 

The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation: calls upon states to integrate a right to safe drinking water and decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a period of three years. Adopted without a vote.

 

Impact of arms transfers on human rights in armed conflict: urges all States to refrain from trading in arms if said arms are likely to be used to commit violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Adopted by vote: 42 in favour, 1 against and 4 abstentions.

 

Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps: decides to convene a panel discussion on the topic during the 26th session and requests the High Commissioner to prepare a report in order to guide this discussion. Adopted without a vote.

 

Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights: requests the Secretary General and the High Commissioner to provide resources to support cooperation between international and regional body, and further requests the High Commissioner to hold a workshop on regional arrangements in 2014. Adopted without a vote.

 

The human rights of older persons: appoints an Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons who has to report annually to the HRC. Adopted without a vote.

 

The continuing grave deterioration of the human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic: strongly condemns the deteriorating situation in Syria and demands the Syrian authorities to fully cooperate with the commission of inquiry. Adopted by vote: 40 in favour, 1 against and 6 abstentions.

 

Establishment of a special fund for the participation of civil society in the Social forum, the Forum on Minority Issues and the Forum on Business and Human Rights: requests the Secretary-General to establish this fund to facilitate the broadest possible participation of civil society. Adopted without a vote.

 

Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights: calls on the Secretary-General to designate UN-wide senior focal point to promote prevention of, protection against, and accountability for reprisals. Adopted by vote: 31 in favour, 1* against and 15 abstentions. *after the vote Gabon stated that it should have voted in favour.

 

The Social Forum: decides that the Social Forum in 2014 will focus on the rights of older persons. Adopted without a vote.

 

From rhetoric to reality - a global call for concrete action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: requests the Secretary-General to resuscitate the work of the independent eminent experts, one from each region, to follow the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. Adopted by vote: 32 in favour, 2 against and 13 abstentions.

 

Technical assistance and capacity building for human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: calls for the holding of a high-level dialogue on the lessons learnt and continuing challenges in combating sexual violence in the DRC. Adopted without a vote.

 

Technical assistance for the Sudan in the field of human rights: renews the mandate of the Independent Expert for a period of one year. Adopted without a vote.

 

Advisory services and technical assistance for Cambodia: extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for two years. Adopted without a vote.

 

Assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights: renews the mandate of the Independent Expert for a period of two years. Adopted without a vote.

 

Enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of human rights: decides that the next panel on technical cooperation and capacity building shall have a thematic focus on persons with disabilities. Adopted without a vote.

 

Technical assistance and capacity-building for Yemen in the field of human rights: requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a progress report on the situation of human rights in Yemen, to the 27th session. Adopted without a vote.

 

Technical cooperation for the prevention of attacks against persons with albinism: requests the Council’s Advisory Committee to prepare a study on the situation of human rights of persons living with albinism. Adopted without a vote.

 

Technical assistance to the Central African Republic in the field of human rights: appoints an Independent Expert for a period of one year to monitor the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic. Adopted without a vote.

 

Postponement of the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living and on the right to non-discrimination in this context: postpones the mandate renewal in an effort to synchronise schedules for resolutions, mandates and presentation of reports by the special procedures. Adopted without a vote.

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