The Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted 16 resolutions, including on the extension of the mandates on the right to privacy, albinism, the environment, and cultural rights.
The Council adopted resolutions to extend by a period of three years the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, the mandate of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, and the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.
Celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela, the Council decided to convene a high-level inter sessional panel discussion on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, in the context of promoting and protecting human rights through social justice, reconciliation and democratic ideals, on Friday, 27 April 2018, which coincides with the date when Mandela and millions of South Africans cast their vote for the first time in a fully representative democratic election in 1994.
On the role of good governance in the promotion and protection of human rights, the Council requested the High Commissioner to convene, before its forty-first session, a half-day inter sessional seminar on the role of good governance in the promotion and protection of human rights, and on sharing best practices in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 16 in this regard.
The Council adopted by a vote of 23 in favour, 2 against and 22 abstentions a text on the integrity of the judicial system in which it requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare and submit to the Human Rights Council at its forty-third session a comprehensive study on the implications of the lack of integrity of the judicial system for human rights, in particular for persons kept in detention facilities outside the territory of States.
On the right to work, the Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare an analytical report on the relationship between the realization of the right to work and the enjoyment of all human rights by young people, with an emphasis on their empowerment, and to submit the report to the Human Rights Council prior to its fortieth session.
On the protection of cultural heritage, the Council requested the High Commissioner to convene, before the forty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council, and in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, a two-day workshop in Geneva with the participation of experts from all regions of the world to develop appropriate tools for the dissemination of an approach to the protection, restoration and preservation of cultural heritage that promotes universal respect for cultural rights by all.
According to other adopted texts, the Council requested 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, to participate in relevant international dialogues and policy forums relating to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the implementation of Goals 1 and 11.
On promoting human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals through transparent, accountable and efficient public services delivery, the Council recognized the important role of the Government, as the service provider, as well as all other stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society, in the promotion and protection of all human rights, and in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Concerning freedom of religion or belief, the Council urged States to step up their efforts to promote and protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief, and to this end ensure that their constitutional and legislative systems provide adequate and effective guarantees of freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief to all, without distinction.
Slovakia, on behalf of the European Union, United States, Switzerland, Slovakia, South Africa, Belgium, and United Kingdom spoke in general comments.Slovakia, on behalf of the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil spoke in explanation of the vote.
The Council will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, 23 March, to continue taking action on resolutions and decisions before closing its thirty-seventh session.
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