Posts Tagged ‘extension’

Human Rights Council extends mandate on human rights defenders – after considerable wrangling

March 24, 2017

On Thursday 23 March 2017 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in which it extended, for a period of three years, the mandate of the Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders. []

The press statement by the UN (see below) explains that there was quite a bit of wrangling on wording, but in the end the draft resolution (A/HRC/34/L.5) on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michael Forst, was adopted without a vote as orally revised, in the same terms as provided for by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 16/5. It urges again all States to cooperate with and assist the Special Rapporteur in the performance of his tasks, to provide all information and to respond to the communications transmitted to them by the Special Rapporteur without undue delay; and calls upon States to give serious consideration to responding favourably to the requests of the Special Rapporteur to visit their countries.

(here the detailed report on the failed efforts – mainly by Russia and China – to weaken the text:) Read the rest of this entry »

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Pillay, extended for 2 years

May 16, 2012

High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay Spea...

High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the South African Mrs Navanethem Pillay, is coming to the end of her 4-year term in December of this year. Credit should go to the normally timid Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who has asked the General Assembly to approve a two-year extension for one of the best and most outspoken High Commissioners to date. On Monday it was announced by the SG that Navi Pillay had agreed to stay on for two more years. This is excellent news for the human rights movement.