Commission on Human Rights
I have the particular pleasure to make this statement on behalf of Bulgaria, and Romania, Acceding Countries, and Croatia, Candidate Country to the European Union, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates to the European Union.
1. We welcome the report of the Secretary-General, in particular for the central place it gives to human rights in the whole structure of the report and in its section IV "Freedom to live in dignity" where the protection and promotion of the universal values of the rule of law, human rights and democracy are considered of utmost importance. It is a crucial statement, in full harmony with the fundamental goals and objectives of the United Nations and with the new challenges brought by globalisation.
2. We share the view of the Secretary-General that the protection and promotion of human rights should be confirmed as a main priority of the United Nations, along with the questions of security and development.
3. We agree that the system built for the protection of human rights at the international level is under strain. This should not be seen as a testimony of inherent weakness, but rather as the effect of its own development. The strain is the result of the entering into force of more human rights instruments, of the increasing in the number of state-parties to them, of the expansion of specific human rights fields protected by the United Nations, of the increase in number of human rights mechanisms. This is a token of force.
4. What is, indeed a weakness, is the lack of resources that are allotted to the support of normative and political efforts dedicated to promoting and defending human rights. The Office of the High Commissioner needs more support for the activities undertaken at headquarters, and for the strengthening of the human rights presence in the field.
5. We strongly support the proposal of mainstreaming human rights into decision-making and discussion throughout the work of the Organization. We would favour in particular the integration of human rights issues into the debates and decisions of the Security Council. In particular, we believe that human rights, democracy and the rule of law should effectively become an issue for consideration, action and resources in all UN peace operations and in all post-conflict situations.
6. We recognize the need to strengthen the comprehensive human rights treaty bodies system. It is indeed high time to overcome the status quo and make a collective effort to avoid duplication of reporting requirements and the unification of the system, including by harmonized guidelines which should lead to simplification, streamlining and focus on implementation.
7. As to the proposed transformation of the Commission on Human Rights into a smaller standing Human Rights Council we have the following comments:
Our delegations support the statement delivered by Luxemburg, on behalf of the European Union.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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