LETTER DATED 2010/11/03 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SLOVENIA ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
She called upon UN mechanisms, States, and members of civil
society to play their part in enabling change to take place, whilst affirming the support of
(...) She called for worldwide decriminalisation as a first priority, whilst stressing that this was
only a first step. (...) However, the issue had not been an easy one. Whilst Mexico
City passed the legislation, other states had appealed to the Supreme Court to oppose such
REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN UGANDA
These interferences continue to be a matter of
concern. Whilst the electoral campaign has proceeded without major violence throughout the
country, there were over 300 violations of the electoral code registered by February 2006, of
which almost 50 per cent were alleged to have been perpetrated by NRM members. (...) Whilst UPDF has improved its response to security needs,
the lack of regular payment of LDUs appears to contribute to abuses, including by militia units
referred to as the “Arrow Boys” in Teso and “Amuka” in Lango. (...) The majority of the people are predominantly pastoralist, who derive their
livelihood from livestock production.
28. Whilst the subregion has potential for sustainable and fruitful development, the absence
of security undermines any development gains.
ORGANIZATIONAL AND PROCEDURAL MATTERS : WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE INTERNATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (ICC) : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets directly or
indirectly reflect human rights standards
, and integrate cross-cutting human rights
principles such as participation, accountability and non-discrimination. Whilst
acknowledging country-specific challenges, participants affirmed that if adequately
implemented, the Agenda will have a significant impact on the enjoyment of human rights
by everyone, everywhere.
7. (...) They recalled the 2010 ICC Edinburgh Declaration on the role of NHRIs in relation to
1 See https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.html
2 See http://www.humanrights.dk/human-rights-guide-sdgs
business and human rights, whilst reaffirming the importance of ongoing work of the ICC
and NHRIs in this area.
12. (...) Participants
further stressed the need for the SDG monitoring and review mechanisms to consider
human rights and to take into account the recommendations of international, regional and
national human rights mechanisms.
13. Whilst recalling that States are the primary duty-bearers and accountable to their
people, participants urged all stakeholders to adopt a human rights-based approach to all
stages of planning, programming and implementation, in line with international human
rights instruments and mechanisms.
REPORT OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND FOLLOW-UP TO THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS : ADDENDUM
The local commander of
the UPDF detachment, who also pleaded guilty, was sentenced for his failure to “take proper
command and control”. Whilst OHCHR appreciates the speedy action taken by UPDF to
eliminate impunity and establish accountability, concerns remain about reports that the alleged
principal perpetrator may have been killed by UPDF after his arrest.
(...) The deployment of special police
constables to Acholiland is anticipated in early 2007, whilst a number of Anti-Stock Theft Unit
officers have already been deployed to Katakwi, Teso. (...) LCCs also at
times act on cases outside their jurisdiction, for example on defilement issues. Whilst the
conciliatory approach of LCCs is reported to be efficient, the public at times perceive the courts
as corrupt and biased.
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW : WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF GREAT BRITAIN : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
The Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998 gives effect to most of
the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and offers a means to bring human
rights claims in British courts
1.4 National framework and context
10. Whilst it is a significant achievement that the UK has the HRA which enshrines the
ECHR into domestic law, it has not won hearts and minds across the nation. (...) For example, we welcome the UK Government's initiatives in relation to:
• reform of some elements of stop and search powers and processes
• a programme of reform in the women's prison estate
• steps towards investigating allegations of torture and mistreatment abroad, and
• the introduction of a Modern Day Slavery Bill, which has the potential to tackle the
abuse of migrant workers and the global growing issue of human trafficking.
16. Whilst we recognise these achievements, we also focus on areas where there has
been insufficient progress, or emerging challenges in achieving the goals of the UPR
recommendations. (...) EHRC stop and search overview and key recommendations28
30. Whilst the UK Government did not accept most of the recommendations on stop and
search, it did accept to investigate any disproportionality in the use of these powers which
was the theme of the UPR recommendations.
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD : REPORT : ADDENDUM /SUBMITTED BY JUAN MIGUEL PETIT, SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTION 2002/92
The two boys captured the young girl
and the teenager raped her whilst X watched. X was then encouraged to try. (...) Sensitive and accurate
reporting in which the best interests of the child are truly deemed paramount can serve to protect
the dignity of the child whilst conveying the seriousness of the crime. However, when the
primary goal is to sensationalize and shock one’s audience, further victimization is inflicted upon
the child when explicit details of his or her abuse is made public, representing him or her as
entirely helpless and disempowered.
70. (...) Where they consider that a certain report has been handled
inappropriately, the Project will contact the journalist concerned. Whilst the project reported a
big improvement in the nature of such reporting in recent years, they expressed concern that
children are usually still just portrayed as victims in a very disempowering manner, conveying
that for the child, his or her life is now ruined.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, XENOPHOBIA AND RELATED INTOLERANCE, DOUDOU DIENE : ADDENDUM
Strategy has as its main objective the promotion of cultural diversity, specifically through the
preservation of the linguistic and cultural distinctiveness of minorities, whilst creating a common
sense of unity around core Estonian values, in particular Estonian language and Constitution, and
promote participation in social, economic and cultural life.2
44. (...) The majority of state authorities recognized the existence of racism and discrimination in
Estonia, whilst highlighting the actions and programmes taken by the government to fight these
problems. (...) Some state authorities, particularly the Chancellor
of Justice, recognized that the elevated number of non-citizens represents a concrete problem,
whilst underlining the positive steps taken by the Government in order to facilitate the granting
REPORT BY THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS, FRANCOIS CREPEAU : ADDENDUM
It appeafs 出at Inany Inigfants afe cfossing the Adfiatic.
Whilst these movements involve an 诅temal EU b0TdeT， in many cases the Pefsons concefned
afe 出扛d countfy nati0nalS， Who Inay in fact be in need of 酊旎mational Pfotectio兀 酊cluding
山扭ccompanied minofs and potential asylum Seekefs_ Migfants Iepoftedly hide themselves
in dangefous Ways as Stowaways on commefcial feffies coming 丘om Patfas and
Igo岫enitsa in Gfeece to Ancona， BaTi， Bfindisi and Venice in Italy， including
undefneath caTS， in hidden compa苋ments in effoItS to Iemain undetected_ Othefs fofms of
iITegulaT entfy acfoss the Adfiatic include Via Smallef boats aITiVing along the coast in
(...) The Special Rappofte肛 also leafnt of the
ch且llenges in these Seafch and Rescue (SAR) oPeIationS， Which afe often caITied out undef
Vefy Pfecafious and dangefous conditions fof all inVolVed， 恤cluding the SAR teams.
38_ NeVeTtl^leleSS， in 2011 al0ne， at least 1，500 Pefsons afe estimated to have died While
attempting to CIOSS the Medite扛anean_ Whilst the Special Rappofte肛 in no Way Wishes to
imply Italian authofities afe Singlehandedly Tesponsible fof 出ese tTagedieS， the data Inake
appafent tl^le need fof ongoing attention to this issuel
39_ The Special Rappofte肛 fuItheT notes that， While intemational law cleafly Clelineates
Tesponsibilities fof SAR 乏矗t Sea， thefe appeafs to be 乏矗 bl哑Ting of these lineS， effectively
en且bling opefations that Inight othe刚ise be caITied out by Italian authofities to be caffied
out by non一E肛opean cou1^lteTPaItS， including th工ough the Pfovision of logistical and
tech丑ical assistance_ Whilst Such opefations 乏矗宴)Pe暑】T to Pfiofitize the Saving of liVeS， in effect
they Inay have the Iesult of extefnalizing the contfol of the Sea bofdef_ FOT eXaInPle， in
TuniSia， the Special RaPpoIteuI met With Some Somali Women Who had Sought to Ieach
Italy i扛egulafly on 2】 Small boat. Whilst allegedly in Italian teITit0Tial WateTS， the boat began
to leak and 出ey issued 2】 distfess call.
LETTER DATED 2007/02/13 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND TO THE CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CONFERENCE TRANSMITTING A WHITE PAPER ENTITLED "THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM'S NUCLEAR DETERRENT" OF DECEMBER 2006
Most of the 40 members of
the Nuclear Suppliers Group, an organisation of
suppliers of nuclear equipment and material who
act together to reduce the risks of nuclear
weapons proliferation through the implementation
of suitable export controls, have the technical
ability and means to initiate a viable nuclear
weapons programme. Whilst the size and readiness
of global nuclear capabilities has reduced
markedly since the end of the Cold War, large
nuclear arsenals remain and some are being
modernised (details are set out in Box 2-2).
(...) Speed: Ballistic missiles can travel at speeds
in excess of ten times the speed of sound
whilst cruise missiles are currently sub-sonic.
SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAQ :REPORT : ADDENDUM / SUBMITTED BY THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR, ANDREAS MAVROMMATIS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMMISSION RESOLUTION 2002/15
The Special Rapporteur, whilst welcoming the increased cooperation manifested by the
Government of Iraq as well as the compliance, whether partial or total, with recommendations
made, would like to urge the Government to give more complete replies and to accept all his
recommendations in their entirety, in particular to comply urgently with the request to provide
complete lists of persons executed, as well as of people who did or did not benefit from the
7. (...) As a result, the Special Rapporteur, in any future action in the domain of human
rights, whilst not giving a wider berth than at present to individual complaints of violations,
would concentrate on efforts towards the creation of a human rights culture and
entrenching democratic institutions, in particular a multi-party system, beginning with a
modern constitution, with a Bill of Rights that stands very high in the hierarchy of laws.