Resolutions & Voting Results of UNHRC 19th Session

Today the UN Human Rights Council will begin voting on the draft resolutions below. Look for our regularly updated results and comments.

Condemnatory Resolutions

This council session will conclude with one resolution condemning North Korea; one resolution criticizing but also praising Burma (Myanmar); one resolution importantly renewing the mandate of an investigator on Iran but, unlike the UNGA, neither mentioning nor condemning Iran’s violations; two resolutions condemning Syria; and five resolutions condemning Israel. It is unfortunate that although Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Kofi Annan before him, urged the council to end its selectivity, 50 percent of this session’s condemnatory resolutions are on Israel.

In other, non-condemnatory resolutions on countries, the council adopted a welcome but watered-down text on Sri Lanka, and will pass a series of resolutions praising Libya, Haiti, DR Congo and others. Despite UN Watch’s submission to the UNHRC of proposed resolutions on China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, these and many other of the world’s worst abusers are to go ignored.

Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Syria (A/HRC/19/L.1/Rev.1)
Submitted on 28.02.2012 by Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Vote Result: Adopted on March 1, 2012 by a vote of 37 in favour, 3 against (China, Cuba, Russia), and 3 abstentions (Ecuador, India, Philippines).

Situation of Human Rights in Iran (A/HRC/19/L.22)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Sweden
Vote Result: Adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 22 in favour, 5 against (Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Qatar, Russia), and 20 abstentions (Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay).

Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar (A/HRC/19/L.30)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Denmark on behalf of the EU
The resolution was Orally Revised.
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Situation of Human Rights in North Korea (A/HRC/19/L.29)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Denmark on behalf of the EU, Japan
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Situation of Human Rights in Syria (A/HRC/19/L.38)
Submitted on 16.03.2012 by Denmark on behalf of the EU
Russia proposed an oral amendment, but it was rejected by a vote of 33 against, 4 in favour (China, Cuba, Ecuador, Russia), and 9 abstentions.
Vote Result: Adopted on March 23, 2012 by a vote of 40 in favour (EU, USA), 3 against (China, Cuba, Russia), and 3 abstentions (Ecuador, India, Uganda).

Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (A/HRC/19/L.34)
Submitted on 16.03.2012 by Palestine
The resolution was Orally Revised.
Vote Result: Adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 44 in favour, 1 against (USA), and two abstentions (Cameroon, Guatemala).

Right of the Palestinian People to Self-Determination (A/HRC/19/L.33)
Submitted on 16.03.2012 by Palestine
Vote Result: Adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 46 in favour, 1 against (USA), and no abstentions.

Israeli Settlements (A/HRC/19/L.35)
Submitted on 16.03.2012 by Palestine
Vote Result: Adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 36 in favour, 1 against (USA), and 10 abstentions (Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Spain).

Follow-up to UN Fact-Finding Mission to Gaza (A/HRC/19/L.36)
Submitted on 16.03.2012 by Palestine
Vote Result: Adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 29 in favour, 1 against (USA), and 17 abstentions (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Costa Rica, EU, Guatemala, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland, Uruguay).

Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan (A/HRC/19/L.3)
Submitted on 14.03.2012 by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC
Vote Result: Adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 33 in favour, 1 against (USA), and 13 abstentions (Cameroon, EU, Guatemala, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland).

Non-Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions

Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka (A/HRC/19/L.2)
Submitted on 07.03.2012 by USA
The resolution was Orally Revised, adding the words “in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka” to operative clause 3.
Vote Result: Adopted March 22, 2012 by a vote of 24 in favour (EU, USA), 15 against (Bangladesh, China, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauretania, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uganda), and 8 abstentions.
UN Watch Comment & Analysis: “We welcome the much-belated resolution, but regret that the price of support was watering down the text at the last minute to grant Sri Lanka final say on any UN supervision of the accountability process,” said Hillel Neuer executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based monitoring group. “In 2009, after an estimated 40,000 civilians were killed by Sri Lanka, the council had actually praised the government for ‘promoting human rights’, and so American diplomacy deserves great credit for winning adoption of today’s resolution.”

Situation of Human Rights in DR Congo (French) – (A/HRC/19/L.15/Rev.1)
Submitted on 21.03.2012 by Senegal on behalf of the African Group
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Situation of Human Rights in Haiti (French) – (A/HRC/19/L.32)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Haiti
The resolution was orally revised and adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Assistance to Libya in the field of Human Rights (A/HRC/19/L.39/Rev.1)
Submitted on 21.03.2012 by Libya, Morocco
The resolution was Orally Revised.
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Assistance to Somalia in the field of Human Rights (A/HRC/19/L.28/Rev.1)
Submitted on 22.03.2012 by UK, Somalia
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Assistance to Yemen in the field of Human Rights (A/HRC/19/L.37/Rev.1)
Submitted on 16.03.2012 by Yemen, Netherlands
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Strengthening of Technical Cooperation with Guinea (French) – (A/HRC/19/L.40)
Submitted on 19.03.2012 by Guinea
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Noteworthy Thematic Resolutions by Cuba, Pakistan, NAM, OIC

Right to Development (A/HRC/19/L.14)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Egypt on behalf of the NAM
The resolution was orally revised.
Vote Result: Adopted March 23, 2012 by a vote of 46 in favour, 0 against, and 1 abstention (USA).

Composition of Staff at the OHCHR (A/HRC/19/L.19)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Cuba
Vote Result: Adopted March 22, 2012 by a vote of 33 in favour (China, Russia), 12 against (EU, Moldova, Switzerland, USA), and 2 abstentions (Chile, Congo).

Combating Discrimination based on Religion (A/HRC/19/L.7)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Enhancement of Cooperation in the field of Human Rights (A/HRC/19/L.13/Rev.1)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Egypt on behalf of the NAM
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures (A/HRC/19/L.12)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Egypt on behalf of the NAM
The resolution was Orally Revised.
Vote Result: The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 by a vote of 35 in favour, 12 against (EU, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland, USA), and no abstentions.

Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights (A/HRC/19/L.16)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Cuba
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

The Right to Food (A/HRC/19/L.21)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Cuba
The resolution was Orally Revised and adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

The Social Forum (A/HRC/19/L.20)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Cuba
The resolution was Orally Revised and adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Other Resolutions

Freedom of Religion or Belief (A/HRC/19/L.23)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Denmark on behalf of the EU
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Adequate Housing (A/HRC/19/L.4)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Finland, Germany
The resolution was Orally Revised and adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Birth Registration (A/HRC/19/L.24)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Mexico, Turkey
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Forum on Minority Issues (A/HRC/19/L.11)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Austria
China proposed two amendments. The first was rejected by a vote of 15 in favour (Cuba, China, Russia), 18 against (EU, USA), and 12 abstentions. The second was adopted without a vote.
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Helping Least Developed Countries participate in work of HRC (A/HRC/19/L.6)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Morocco, Burkina Faso, Turkey, Maldives, Senegal (on behalf of African Group), Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Mauritius, Brazil, Djibouti, Barbados
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Human Rights and the Environment (A/HRC/19/L.8/Rev.1)
Submitted on 20.03.2012 by Costa Rica, Uruguay, Slovenia, Switzerland, Peru, Ecuador, Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Maldives, Germany, Mauritius
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law (A/HRC/19/L.27)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Morocco, Norway, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Tunisia
The resolution was Orally Revised.
Vote Result: Adopted on March 23, 2012 by a vote of 43 in favour, 0 against, and 2 abstentions (China, Cuba).

Integrity of the Judicial System (A/HRC/19/L.5/Rev.1)
Submitted on 20.03.2012 by Russia
The resolution was Orally Revised and adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Negative Impact of non-Repatriation of Funds on Human Rights (A/HRC/19/L.17/Rev.1)
Submitted on 21.03.2012 by Senegal on behalf of the African Group
Vote Result: Adopted on March 23, 2012 by a vote of 35 in favour, 1 against (USA), and 11 abstentions (EU, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland).

Protection of Human Rights in the context of Peaceful Protests (A/HRC/19/L.17)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Costa Rica, Switzerland, Turkey
The resolution was Orally Revised and adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Protection of Human Rights while countering Terrorism (A/HRC/19/L.25)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Mexico
The resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Realisation in all Countries of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (A/HRC/19/L.10/Rev.1)
Submitted on 20.03.2012 by Portugal
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Rights of Persons with Disabilities (A/HRC/19/L.9/Rev.1)
Submitted on 20.03.2012 by Mexico, New Zealand
The resolution was adopted on March 22, 2012 without a vote.

Rights of the Child (A/HRC/19/L.31/Rev.1)
Submitted on 21.03.2012 by Denmark on behalf of the EU, Uruguay on behalf of GRULAC
The resolution was orally revised and adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

Role of Good Governance in Human Rights (A/HRC/19/L.26)
Submitted on 15.03.2012 by Poland
The resolution was Orally Revised and adopted on March 23, 2012 without a vote.

2 Responses to “Resolutions & Voting Results of UNHRC 19th Session”


  • I note that in the 19th Session of the UNHRC some 50% of the resolutions were condemnatory of Israel. I also note that those countries who put forward the condemnations were mostly Islamic and therefore had a vested interest in condemning Israel as they represented the ‘non-state’ of ‘Palestinian Authority”.
    Israel is a land, small in size but dynamic in character.I am from New Zealand who has lived in Gaza, ‘West Bank” (Judea and Samaria) and Jerusalem. I have worked with Palestinians and Jews and speak both languages.It alarms me to think that the so-called key legal bodies of the world governments are so ignorant of the fact that the God of Heaven the Almighty deeded the land of Israel from the Mediterranean to the River Euphrates long before any of the nations on the UNHRC were in existence, some 4000 years ago.
    The San Remo agreement of 1922 is the only legally binding agreement and it clearly endorses Israel’s right to the land of Judea and Samaria and Golan. This was signed by Britain, United States, France and Russia to make a homeland for the Jews. Britain reneged on her commitment and created the Arab kingdoms of Jordan and Syria gave more than half of Israeli land to them. Israel has the divine right and legal right to the land and no man or government can change that. Israel would tear down the wall if the threat of terrorism was gone. I know the fear of attack from Arab sources as I lived through the 90’s in Jerusalem.Israel withdrew from Gaza and is no longer a so-called ‘occupying power’ but Hamas stated goal is to destroy Israel. Hamas places children and civilians by force in areas where they fire their rockets knowing Israel’s moral integrity prevents them from firing at civilians.I am only a citizen of the world but am disappointed that the UN has stooped so low as to believe so many lies.

  • Rostislav Gorchakov

    Loathsome – I have no other word for my impressions from these purely Goebbelsian votings. Human rights my leg! The UN has no more reasons to be respected as a righteous organization, than, say, Stalin’s Politburo (well, no wonder at all if to remember that the blueprint for this modern transformation of the notorious Comintern was drafted by Stalin’s agent Alger Hiss). Rostislav Gorchakov, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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