50th anniversary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the rights of women and girls
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva
At the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council from 13 June to 8 July 2022, the discussion focused, as is customary for June, on the rights of women and girls and on discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. In the light of the extremely worrying situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, the EU requested that an urgent debate on this topic be held during the session.
Slovenia spoke out against discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and age. It also focused on the rights of the child, especially girls. The delegation closely followed, and participated in, the discussions exploring the link between human rights and climate change. It also engaged in discussion with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, whose term is due to end this summer. In the discussions with the High Commissioner, Slovenia expressed concern about the human rights situation in the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. All statements made by Slovenia at the session are publicly available.
At the proposal of the EU, the UN Human Rights Council extended the mandates of Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Belarus and in Eritrea. Slovenia also gave its support for extending the mandates of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls and of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Slovenia welcomes and supports the work of the Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups covering human rights. The effective functioning and decisive action of the Council, which is the UN's central human rights body, and its subsidiary bodies, is key to ensuring constructive engagement on this important element of international security and stability.