World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


UN Calls For An End To Violations In Darfur

Human Rights Council Calls For An End To Violations In Darfur

New York, Nov 28 2006 10:00PM

Expressing alarm at the humanitarian situation inside the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, the United Nations Human Rights Council today called on all parties to immediately end their violations of human rights and other international laws.

Continuing its second session in Geneva, the 47-member body agreed – by a vote of 25 to 11, with 10 abstentions – as part of the same decision to press all groups which have not yet done so to sign the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), and to ensure full and unfettered access to the monitors of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The opposing countries – Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom – had earlier sought amendments to the text which would have underscored the responsibility of the Khartoum Government to protect all Sudanese against violations, and mentioned the need to end impunity. Thoῳe amendments were rejected by a vote of 20 in favour to 22 against with four abstentions.

In another action, earlier today the Council adopted a resolution, without a vote, encouraging the OHCHR to undertake a study on reforming the treaty body system, consulting the views of individual States and others in the process.

Two draft texts on impunity and freedom of opinion and expression were postponed to a future session.

Yesterday afternoon the Council adopted a resolution – by a vote of 45 to one (Canada), with one abstention (Cameroon) – calling on Israel to cooperate with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 and to reverse its settlement policy in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan.

Speaking to reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Council had focused too much on the actions of Israel since it began work earlier this year – replacing the discredited Commission on Human Rights – and needed to expand its scope to consider other crisis situations as well.

“I think they should be encouraged to look at their mandate much more critically,” he said.

The Council also took decisions yesterday on: encouraging greater cooperation between OHCHR and Afghanistan and Nepal; human rights and arbitrary deprivation of nationality; and persons deprived of liberty in the context of counter-terrorism measures.

When the Council resumes sitting tomorrow, it is expected to formally conclude its second session and begin work on its third session.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news