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Human Rights Council concludes 42nd regular session

The 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, which concluded in Geneva today, saw the adoption of resolutions on the human rights situation in Venezuela and Sudan. Slovenia sponsored a resolution on a world programme on human rights education and training, foreseeing a multiannual focus on teaching young people about human rights.

42nd regular session of the HRC

The three-week session dealt with a wide range of issues, including the situations in Venezuela, Yemen, Myanmar, Sudan, and Ukraine. The Human Rights Council decided to extend the mandates of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts for Yemen and of the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Sudan, and agreed to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Venezuela. Twenty-five countries, Slovenia among them, expressed concern over human rights violations in Saudi Arabia.

Slovenia welcomes the signing of an agreement establishing a Human Rights Office in Khartoum and field offices elsewhere in Sudan, including in Darfur, and it expresses satisfaction with an arrangement between the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Venezuela on the Office’s presence in the country. Slovenia urges Venezuela to apply the terms of the agreement and implement it in full.

Discussing the rights of older persons in humanitarian situations, the Human Rights Council highlighted particular challenges for the older population that should be dealt with through an international instrument. Slovenia presented a joint statement on the rights of older persons, calling for more focused discussion of the topic, which, in light of demographic changes in the world, concerns the entire global community.

The Council also adopted resolutions on the death penalty, reprisals against human rights activists cooperating with the UN, the right to privacy, and many more issues.