Joint Statement on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights (HRC 30), delivered by Permanent Representative of Ukraine, Ambassador Yurii Klymenko
Joint Statement on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights – HRC 30
Delivered by Permanent Representative of Ukraine,
Ambassador Yurii Klymenko
Agenda item 8
28 September 2015
1. I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of a cross-regional core group of the sponsors of the Human Rights Council resolution ‘The Role of Prevention in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights’ consisted of Australia, Hungary, Maldives, Morocco, Poland, Ukraine and Uruguay.
2. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action states that the international community should devise ways and means to remove the current obstacles and meet challenges to the full realization of all human rights and to prevent the continuation of human rights violations resulting therefrom throughout the world.
3. We wish to stress the important role of prevention of human rights violations in overall strategies for the promotion and protection of all human rights, for example the prevention of atrocity crimes requires sustained efforts to build the resilience of societies by ensuring that the rule of law is respected and that all human rights are protected.
3. The discussions held by the Human Rights Council, the sessions of the universal periodic review, the work of the special procedures and the treaty bodies as well as the technical assistance provided by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights all advance the prevention objective. However, there is a need for more evidence-based research to advance our understanding and effective implementation of measures that can prevent human rights violations.
4. In this regard we appreciate the work already done by the Office of the High Commissioner in gathering the relevant information, in particular by organizing the panel discussion on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights during the 27th HRC session and issuing the summary report on its outcome, as well as by preparing the recent study on the prevention of the human rights violations and its practical implementation.
5. We encourage the Office of the High Commissioner to continue its work on further preparation, on the basis of the information gathered, of a practical toolkit to support States and other stakeholders in the practical application of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights.
6. Responding to the Statement by the HRC President PRST 29/1 of 3 July 2015 on Enhancing the Efficiency of the Human Rights Council, the core group of the sponsor of the resolution on prevention decided to voluntarily triennialize its initiative thus moving the consideration of the next relevant document to the 33rd Council session to be held in September next year.
7. The core group is willing to take forward the issue of prevention in the future HRC sessions.