Source: United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations |

UN Human Rights Council 42: Statement for the Universal Periodic Review on Ethiopia

UK is concerned about the continuing high levels of displacement of people in Ethiopia resulting from ongoing ethnic conflicts

The UK welcomed acceptance of our recommendations on human trafficking, truth and reconciliation, and commitment for impartial investigations into violations and abuses, whilst noting concern at continued internal displacement. The United Kingdom welcomes Ethiopia’s continued engagement with the UPR. We welcome Ethopia’s acceptance of all three of the UK’s recommendations,…

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UN Human Rights Council 41: explaination of vote on Eritrea

The UK outlined their reasons for voting in favour of the resolution on Eritrea

Thank you Mr President. I am delivering this explanation of vote on resolution L.15 on the human rights situation in Eritrea. At the outset, allow me to welcome the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, which we hope will bring stability and prosperity to Eritrea and…

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UN Human Rights Council 41: Central African Republic

The UK expressed concerned with the continued violence in the Central African Republic, but commended the government’s efforts in bringing perpetrators of crimes to account

Thank you, Madam Vice-President, The United Kingdom welcomes the Independent Expert’s report and her analysis of the human rights situation in Central African Republic. The UK is deeply concerned that violence in CAR endures despite the promise of tangible change. We call on armed groups to cease all forms of…

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UN Human Rights Council 41: Eritrea

The UK expressed dissapointment that none of our reccomendations were supported, but are encouraged by Eritrea’s acceptance of recommendations on promoting freedom of religion or belief

Thank you, Mr President, The UK welcomes Eritrea’s engagement with the UPR process. We are disappointed that none of our recommendations were supported. We continue to urge the Government of Eritrea to address its National Service and implement a clear, time-bound plan. We also call for the Government to open…

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UN Human Rights Council 41: Eritrea

The UK welcomed Eritrea’s increasing engagement with the Human Rights Council, but called for Eritrea to respect freedom of religion or belief & release all those in arbitrary detention

Thank you, Mr Vice-President, The United Kingdom thanks Ms. Kravetz, for her report and her work over the past year. We are disappointed that the Government of Eritrea, as a member of this Council, has not engaged with the Special Rapporteur, or her predecessors. We welcome Eritrea’s increasing engagement with…

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Universal Periodic Review 33: The Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UK welcomed DRC’s recent successes in bringing perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence to justice, but urged the Government to increase its efforts to fight impunity

Thank you, Mr President, The United Kingdom recognises the continued engagement of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the UPR process. However, the human rights situation in the DRC remains of serious concern. The UK welcomes the recent successes in bringing prepetrators of sexual and gender based violence to…

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Human Rights Council 40: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Adoptions Mauritius

The UK welcomes the government of Mauritius' efforts to eliminate forced labour in supply chains, but notes the concerning levels of gender-based violence

By UK Thank you, Madame Vice-President, The United Kingdom welcomes Mauritius’s continued engagement in the UPR process. We recognise the positive steps taken by Mauritius to further strengthen partnership between governments, civil society and the business sector to eliminate forced and bonded labour from supply chains in Mauritius. We acknowledge…

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UK Statement: Human Rights Council Organisational Meeting

The UK announced that it will be leading on resolutions for Sri Lanka, South Sudan and Syria, at this month's Human Rights Council

Thank you Mr President, I would like to refer to 4 initiatives which the UK will present as part of core groups. These are three resolutions and one joint statement. Firstly, the Core Group on Sri Lanka, comprising Canada, Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK will present a resolution on…

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Universal Periodic Review 31: Central African Republic

This UK statement was delivered during the 31st session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Central African Republic's Human Rights Record on 9 November 2018

The UK welcomes the inaugural session of the Special Criminal Court on 22 October 2018. This represents a key milestone in CAR’s efforts to develop a national capacity for investigation and prosecution, and to promote an independent, impartial and effective judiciary. The UK remains concerned at the worsening human rights…

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UN Human Rights Council 39: UK Statement on the Central African Republic

The UK raised its concerns with human rights abuses being carried out in the Central African Republic and called on armed groups to engage with the Peace and Reconciliation Initiative

Thank you, Mr President, The United Kingdom thanks the Independent Expert for her report on the Central African Republic. The UK remains deeply concerned at the reported increase in human rights violations and abuses in CAR, in particular against women and children. We condemn the deliberate targeting of civilians and…