Séance de clôture de la douzième session de CDH – Déclarations des ONGs - Communiqué de presse de UNOG Français
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The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted seven resolutions on unilateral coercive measures; the right to development; access to medicine; advisory services and technical assistance for Cambodia; assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights; protection of human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS; and on the impact of the global economic and financial crises on the universal realization and effective enjoyment of human rights. It appointed two experts on cultural rights and on Sudan, extended the mandates of Special Procedures on Cambodia and Somalia, and named the President of the Second Session of the Forum on Minority Issues before adopting its report and closing its twelfth session.
General Statements After Council Concluded Taking Action on Resolutions and Decisions
NEDA KISWANSON, of Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man, in a joint statement with Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights; ADALAH - Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; and Habitat International Coalition, said that President Obama had said that “justice delayed was justice denied”. Today, Palestinians confined in the Gaza Strip and scattered around the world learned the true meaning of President Obama’s words. It was with great disappointment that Al-Haq and its partner organizations had learned of the Palestinian Authority’s deferral of the draft proposal, endorsing all the recommendations in the report by the Fact-Finding Mission. The deferral left the Palestinian people without any resort to legal remedies. The Palestinian position was an insult to the victims of Operation Cast Lead. The President of the Council was still able to adopt the resolution, regardless of the position taken by the Palestinian Authority. The Human Rights Council must stand up for justice and the victims. Should justice stand or fall by the whims of one Member State, then the value of the Human Rights Council was almost lost.
GIANFRANCO FATTORINI, of Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples, said it was surprised that the Council deferred to the next session any action on the report provided by the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. The strictly legal approach of the members of the Fact-Finding Mission was helpful, as it helped to depoliticise the protection and promotion of human rights. The text of the report was supported. To not use the principle of responsibility strengthened impunity and negated the credibility of the Human Rights Council. The Council was putting off action on the recommendations contained in the report of the High Commissioner. All States should be in favour of international law, especially the State of Israel. Justice delayed was justice denied. Justice and respect for rule of law were the basic foundation for peace.
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