The Human Rights Council 26th Session

The 26th session of the Human Rights Council was held from 10th to 27th of June, bringing together all member and observer states and non-governmental organizations to discuss the on-going human rights issues and challenges around the world.

On 10th of June, President of Human Rights council delivered a statement and declared the opening of the session. Following that Ms. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights addressed the council for the last time as High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Pillay pointed out that her office has worked impartially, based on commitment to truth, with no tolerance for double standards over six years that she was leading the office, and hoped that the Office of High Commissioner would continue its work impartially.

The main issues that 26th session of the Human Rights Council focused on were right to freedom of opinion and expression, rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, violence and discrimination against women, trafficking in persons, especially women and children, female genital mutilation, child, early and forced marriage,  independence of judges and lawyers , extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, human rights of internally displaced persons, human rights of migrants, safety of journalists, human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and extreme poverty and human rights. Moreover, the human rights situation in Syrian Arab Republic, Belarus, Democratic Republic of Korea, Palestine and other occupied territories were discussed along the session.

Furthermore, the Human Right Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the second cycle of the UPR of Afghanistan, New Zealand, Chile, Yamane, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Slovakia, Eretria, Dominican Republic, Viet Nam and Cambodia.

At the beginning of consideration and adoption of final outcome of the second cycle of the UPR of Afghanistan, in his statement Dr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, the head of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, provided the council with the view on the recommendations Afghanistan has during the UPR Working Group Session which was held on 27 January 2014. Mr. Hashimzai stated that Afghanistan received 224 recommendations during the working group session, where 178 of them were supported by the Afghan Government and the rest were transferred to Kabul where after the consideration 10 recommendations are accepted, 12 are rejected and 23 are still under discussions and reconsideration, to which the response will be provided in proper time.