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June United Nations Human Rights Council meeting ends in great success

Today was the last day of the 41st meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. At this meeting, Slovenia actively participated in discussions involving not only the rights of women and elderly people, but also rights in relation to climate change and the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The meeting also included a discussion about resolutions on human rights situations around the world. With the support of Slovenia, the Human Rights Council adopted the first resolution on the situation in the Philippines, which authorises the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to draft reports on the status of human rights in the Philippines. Slovenia also supported the council’s renewed mandates for the special rapporteurs for Belarus, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On this occasion, the renewal of mandates was also warmly welcomed for the independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and for the Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls.

In addition, Slovenia participated in the general discussion with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the general discussion on the human rights situation around the world and in interactive dialogues about Venezuela, Syria, Ukraine, Eritrea, women’s rights and the fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and identity. Slovenia was also involved in panel discussions on the situation of elderly women and on technical assistance for seniors. All the speeches of the Slovene representatives are available on the web page of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

With the help of the Group of Friends of the Rights of Older Persons, Slovenia jointly organised two side events on the rights of the elderly dedicated to violence against older women and to education for preventing discrimination based on age.

Slovenia participated both individually and as an EU Member State in the negotiations about the incentives submitted to the Council for future deliberation.

The next regular session of UN Human Rights Council will take place in September.