UNGA71 | Resolutions updates

02.11.2016

The Third Committee is busy negotiating dozens of resolutions on human rights. Here's our look at some of the latest developments.

Country Resolutions

The Third Committee is currently negotiating four country specific resolutions: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (led by the EU), Iran (led by Canada), Syria (led by Saudi Arabia) and on the situation of Crimea (led by Ukraine).

Moreover, over twenty civil society organisations called on the General Assembly to table a strong resolution on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. A draft put forward by Ethiopia and Djibouti was not tabled for lack of sufficient support from other States.

The annual resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar is not being run. However, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) group expressed its concern over the religious intolerance and attacks against Rohingya people in Myanmar, stressing that they will actively monitor the situation on the ground and evaluate the possibility of taking further action at the Human Rights Council.

 

Thematic resolutions

Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

The Third Committee is considering its biennial resolution on extra-judicial killings led by Sweden on behalf of the Nordic countries (A/C.3/71/L.38 to be issued).  This resolution has traditionally referenced the killings of persons because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in the list of specific targeted groups. As in recent previous iterations of the resolution, challenges to the language are expected but they are expected to be defeated. 

Protecting children from bullying

Mexico and Armenia have tabled a resolution on 'Protecting children from bullying' (A/C.3/71/L.18). The draft resolution notes with concern the situation of ‘children perceived as having a sexual orientation and/or gender identity different from what is seen as the norm’. In his report to the General Assembly on 'Protecting Children from Bullying' (A/71/213), the Secretary General underscored how children are more likely to be bullied both in person and online, as well as stigmatised and excluded because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The language is facing challenges in negotiations. It remains unclear whether the language will be retained, in which case a vote on it would be likely.  

Human rights treaty body system

Iceland has tabled a new text on the "Human rights treaty body system" (A/C.3/71/L.19).

This text consolidates and streamlines into one text the previous Third Committee resolutions on: the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the International Covenants on Human Rights, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, as well as references to the treaties, the committees and the treaty body system in the resolutions on the Protection of Migrants, Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and the Rights of the Child. 

The draft text takes note of the Secretary-General's report on the status of the human rights treaty body system (A/71/118), a biennial report which includes implications for the financial resourcing of the treaty bodies to be taken up by the Fifth Committee when it considers the UN budget next year. 

Photo: US Mission Geneva

 

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  • Armenia
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
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  • Syria
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