The Human Rights Council 24th Session


The 24th session of the Human Rights Council was held from 9th to 27th of September 2013, bringing together once again all member and observer states to discuss the on-going human rights issues and challenges around the world. A particular attention was given to the violation of human rights in Syria. Other issues such as human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Children in the armed conflict, the human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty, right to development, and the role of Civil Society organizations were the issues that were discussed in several by states and NGOs representing at the council.

The question of the death penalty was the title of a report which the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights presented to the Human Rights Council wherein the high commissioner voiced her concern on the execution of eight people to death in Afghanistan in 2012. Afghan delegation mad a statement afterward in which emphasized on the transparency of the execution process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and had referred to the report highlighting that eight out of 250 prisoners sentenced to death were executed who were repeat offenders and committed the most severe crimes; that included the terrorist who murdered 40 civilians in an attack on Kabul Bank. The Afghan delegation expressed that Afghanistan is committed to its international obligation and believes that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his/her life.

Furthermore, the Human Right Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. During the adoption of the outcome of the review of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Turkenistan and Uzbekistan Afghan delegation made statements commending those countries active participation during the review and wished them well in implementing the recommendations.