Statement in Third Committee on Resolution: Report of the Human Rights Council

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 21, 2016


Thank you, Madame Chair

The United States fully supports the amendment before us today tabled by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, and Uruguay. If there is to be a Third Committee resolution noting the report of the Human Rights Council, it should take note of the report in its entirety and not undermine the Council by attempting to re-litigate a mandate. There are many mandates that were created by the Human Rights Council that various countries oppose, but no country has sought to re-litigate those mandates in the Third Committee once a mandate holder has been appointed and started their work.

Seeking to re-open any HRC mandate that some states may deem objectionable under the guise of legal concerns is inconsistent with respect for the Human Rights Council’s ability to function. The mandate created in HRC 32/2 is consistent with international human rights law and well within the mandate of the Human Rights Council. Resolution 32/2 was duly passed with cross-regional support. The lack of consultation with all regional groups in the preparation of the resolution before us today is inconsistent with the working methods of this body and contrary to the spirit of international cooperation that we must strive for in the UN, as was demonstrated by the HRC when resolution 32/2 was debated and adopted.

We urge all countries to vote in favor of the amendment before us now, which will preserve the integrity of the Human Rights Council and the work it undertakes.

Thank you, Madame Chair


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