High-Level UN Segment Calls Attention to Ongoing Abuses

The United Kingdom called out Iran and Burma for denying its citizens their human rights at today’s meeting of the Human Rights Council. The High-Level Segment, which takes place every year, permits senior government officials to discuss any issue of interest before the Council begins in earnest.

Below is a summary of today’s events.

  • Glenys Kinnock, Minister of State of the UK said that “Iran, Zimbabwe, Burma, some of the post-Soviet republics come readily to mind as some of the countries in which the infrastructures of democracy are negated by denial of HR, of free expression and association.”  The President of the Council then reminded all delegations to follow UN rules of procedure when naming specific countries.
  • Vietnam stated that “the success of the Council lies in a more balanced agenda addressing comprehensively human rights issues, increased universality and non-selectivity and the overall spirit of dialogue and cooperation…Politicization and confrontation that still persist must be effectively dealt with to enable the Council to serve as a forum for constructive dialogue and cooperation with a view to sharing among countries experiences on how to best promote and protect human rights.”
  • Among the more problematic speeches was given by the Minister of Justice of Sudan, who reported that “humanitarian indicators are stable” in Darfur. Praising his own government’s “cooperation” with the Council, he added that the government successfully “protects relief envoys” and “secures the arrival of expatriate and national humanitarian workers.”
  • Huda Alban, Minister of Human Rights of the Republic of Yemen, referred to the “paradox” of nations claiming to be at the forefront of human rights who systematically violate human rights.  She discussed the “violation of the rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people, innocent people” as a result of the “occupation” that has been occurring for “over 60 years.”
  • During the right of reply, the DPRK objected to “unfounded allegations of the South Korean delegation” and “reject[ed] the renewal of the mandate for the DPRK,” calling it “confrontational.”  The delegation argued that South Korea “has no interest in general human rights at all” and urged it to look at its own human rights record before criticizing the DPRK’s.  Furthermore, he considered the remarks to be a violation of the North-South agreement “which provides for national reconciliation.”
  • Huda Alban, Minister of Human Rights of the Republic of Yemen, referred to the “paradox” of nations claiming to be at the forefront of human rights who systematically violate human rights.  She discussed the “violation of the rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people, innocent people” as a result of the “occupation” that has been occurring for “over 60 years.”
  • During the right of reply, the DPRK objected to “unfounded allegations of the South Korean delegation” and “reject[ed] the renewal of the mandate for the DPRK,” calling it “confrontational.”  The delegation argued that South Korea “has no interest in general human rights at all” and urged it to look at its own human rights record before criticizing the DPRK’s.  Furthermore, he considered the remarks to be a violation of the North-South agreement “which provides for national reconciliation.”

1 Response to “High-Level UN Segment Calls Attention to Ongoing Abuses”


  • Dr. Renuka Nambiar

    Whenever there is evidence that there is a breach in Human Rights, in any country, the US shows the way to the rest of the world. There is enough propaganda, enough bashing by the US of the “guilty” country, and this is heard world wide. When such is the case, the fact that Anand Jon still remains in jail, in the US, despite evidence of his innocence is appalling. Has Anand Jon received an unbiased trial? This is a million dollar question which remains, looming large. There have been obvious discrepancies, which have been largely ignored. Supportive evidence has been blatantly forgotten. Why? Why is Anand Jon being judged so harshly? Why is he still languishing in jail? It’s high time!! Justice cannot be blinded any longer. Anand Jon is innocent. His place is outside the jail, progressing in his promising career.

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