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UN Human Rights Council establishes an accountability mechanism for atrocity crimes in Myanmar

Geneva, 28 September 2018 - At its final regular session this year, the UN Human Rights Council established an accountability mechanism for the most serious crimes in Myanmar. This is one of 24 initiatives presented at the 39th session of HRC.


On the initiative of the EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Council adopted a resolution establishing a mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of the most serious crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011. The resolution was co-sponsored by over 100 countries. The Council also adopted a resolution on Venezuela, thereby placing the dire situation in the country on the agenda. The resolution calls on the country to accept international humanitarian assistance and to address the challenges faced by its population. Slovenia firmly supported both resolutions and welcomes their adoption.


Together with other members of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, Slovenia tabled a resolution on the World Programme for Human Rights Education and is particularly pleased about its unanimous adoption. Slovenia chaired the negotiations on this resolution, and participated in a special discussion on this topic as the main negotiator. According to the resolution, young people are identified as the main focus of the fourth stage of the World Programme.


For the second time, the Council also addressed violations of human rights in Yemen, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Syria and Sudan, and according to its established practice, adopted new resolutions for each country. On the basis of the decisions made, the mandates of special HRC mechanisms for Yemen, Somalia, Central African Republic and Sudan were extended.


In the second part of the Council session, Slovenia participated in multiple discussions, including the dialogue following the presentation of a report on the human rights situation in Yemen. Together with Austria and Croatia, Slovenia issued a statement during the panel discussion favouring gender mainstreaming in all Council activities and mechanisms.


In the current mandate, today’s meeting concluded the final regular session of the Council in which Slovenia has participated as a member country. Formally, the membership expires at the end of this year. The end of membership also coincides with the end of the presidency of the Slovenian permanent representative Vojislav Šuc of this central UN body for the protection and promotion of human rights. Until the end of his mandate, Ambassador Šuc will continue to improve the efficiency of the Human Rights Council. As the current chair, he will host consultations of permanent representatives of the Council, co-organised in Ljubljana by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These informal discussions will be a good opportunity to reflect on the future work of the Council.


Slovenia will continue to follow and participate in the Human Rights Council’s activities even when its current membership ends, focusing on its traditional priorities, such as the rights of children, women and older persons, and the environment.