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Erklärungen in internationalen Organisationen

30.06.2006

United Nations Human Rights Council, First Session (Geneva, 19-30 June 2006)


EU Explanation of Vote on L.15

 

Mr President,

I have the honor to take the floor on behalf of the European Union members of the Council and the acceding state Romania with regard to the draft decision entitled "Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories".

Let me start by stressing that the European Union follows the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories very closely and is gravely concerned at continuing violations of human rights and the recent escalation of violence, in particular over the last days. We are aware that the Security Council will have a debate today, at 17:00 New York time, on this question. The EU urges both parties to exercise utmost restraint and to fulfill their obligations and commitments under human rights and humanitarian law. We urge them to fulfill their responsibility to protect civilian lives.

The objective of the EU for the new Human Rights Council was to create an effective and efficient body, which will make a genuine contribution to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all on the basis of continued and constructive engagement and dialogue. We are of the firm belief that the Council should offer an opportunity to address today's key challenges in a more constructive atmosphere. The Council should promote the full implementation of human rights obligations undertaken by States and follow-up to the goals and commitments related to the promotion and protection of human rights.

It was in this spirit that the EU participated in the debate on Monday and the subsequent consultations on a Council statement. Such a statement should have addressed all the five issues that have been identified together: the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Religious Intolerance, also Migration, the role of Human Rights Defenders in the promotion and protection of Human Rights, as well as the Situation in Darfur after the signing of the Abuja Peace Agreement. The EU participated in the debate and subsequent consultations in an open and constructive spirit, with a genuine interest to reach consensus an all these issues. All of these issues deserve our consideration. For instance, at this critical juncture of the implementation of the Abuja Peace Agreement, it would have been important for the Council to send a strong message of support and to express its clear expectation that this will bring to end the suffering of the civilian population, impunity and the serious and widespread human rights violations in Darfur.

Yesterday we have witnessed that the Council is able to take positive and important decisions. Our main concern in the consultations on the Council statement was to ensure a balanced and objective outcome. The EU regrets that it was not possible to agree on a comprehensive Council statement and that we are now confronted with this draft decision.

The EU would have liked to have an opportunity to raise some concerns as to the substance of the text of the draft decision. In particular, that the text addresses the situation in a balanced manner and that, at this stage, the Council shall not take any decision an how often a particular issue will be addressed by the Council at its future sessions. The EU would therefore have liked to see some changes to the text in order to make it acceptable to us. The EU will however not pursue the option of presenting amendments to the text.

Mr. President,

We are fully prepared to undertake substantive considerations of the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories at the next session and to consider this issue, as appropriate, at following sessions. But for all the reasons explained above the EU is unable to support this text.

 

Datum: 10.07.2006