PRESS RELEASE 151
45th session of Human Right Council concludes
07/10/2020

The 45th session of the Human Rights Council, which Spain is a member of for the period 2018-2020, has concluded today.

At this last session in which it takes part as a member, Spain has promoted two initiatives closely tied into the priorities of Spanish foreign policy on the matter of human rights, which were adopted by consensus. Together with Germany, it presented its traditional resolution on the human rights to drinking water and sanitation, focused on this occasion on access to respective services in public spaces, a question closely tied into the fight against COVID-19. Furthermore, it presented a resolution on the promotion and protection of the human rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

In addition to the resolutions promoted by Spain, among the thematic resolutions put before the Council at this session, noteworthy were the resolutions on the rights of children to a healthy environment, a joint initiative by the European Union, and the Latin America and the Caribbean Group; on the human rights of indigenous people; on the safety of journalists; on the full enjoyment of the human rights of women and girls in humanitarian contexts; on national human rights institutions; and on the Council’s contribution to the prevention of human rights violations.

The Human Rights Council held an urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus, and adopted a resolution presented by the European Union. The Council also reviewed the situation of human rights in Yemen, Venezuela, Burundi, Syria, the Philippines, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, adopting the corresponding country resolutions. In addition, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Burma were also the subject of attention by the Council, in the form of declarations subscribed by a certain number of countries, including Spain.

Spain has taken part in the dialogues and debates over the course of more than three weeks of this session, which included in its programme a dialogue on COVID-19, the annual panel on the rights of indigenous people and the annual debate on the integration of the gender perspective in the work of the Council and its mechanisms.

In addition, the Council appointed new holders of special procedures. Professor Pedro Arrojo was appointed as Special Rapporteur for the human rights to drinking water and sanitation. This will be the first time that a Spaniard holds the position of Special Rapporteur. Professor Arrojo, a doctor in physical sciences from Zaragoza University, is widely experienced in the field of water management and is the author of a large number of publications on the matter.

For more detailed information on the development of this session of the Human Rights Council, please click on the following link: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session45/Pages/45RegularSession.aspx

 

 

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