Resolutions & Voting Results of UNHRC 21st Session

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

Counterproductive Resolutions

Resolution on the Use of Mercenaries as a Means of Violating Human Rights and Impeding the Exercise of the Right of Peoples to Self-Determination (A/HRC/21/L17)
Submitted by Cuba.
Vote result: adopted on September 27, 2012 by a vote of 34 in favour, 12 against (EU, Norway, Switzerland and United States) and 1 abstention (Mexico).

Resolution on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (A/HRC/21/L18)
Submitted by Cuba.
Vote result: adopted on September 27, 2012 by a vote of 31 in favour, 12 against (EU, Norway, Switzerland and United States) and 4 abstentions (Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru).

Resolution on Human Rights and International Solidarity (A/HRC/21/L.19)
Submitted by Cuba.
The resolution was orally revised.
Vote result: adopted on September 27, 2012 by a vote of 35 in favor, 12 against (EU, Norway, Switzerland, and United States) and no abstentions.

Action on Resolution on Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms through a Better Understanding of Traditional Values of Humankind: Best Practices (A/HRC/21/L2)
Vote result
: adopted on September 27, 2012 by a vote of 25 in favour, 15 against (EU, Botswana, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, and United States) and 7 abstentions (Benin, Chile, Guatemala, Nigeria, Peru, Moldova and Uruguay).

Right to development (A/HRC/21/L.3)
Submitted by Iran.
The resolution was orally revised.
Vote result: adopted on September 28, 2012 by a vote of 46 in favour and 1 against (USA).

From rhetoric to reality: a global call for concrete action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance (A/HRC/21/L.29)
Submitted by South Africa (on behalf of African Group).
The resolution was orally revised.
Vote result: adopted on September 28, 2012 by a vote of 37 in favour, 9 abstentions (EU, Moldova) and 1 against (USA).

Elaboration of international complementary standards to the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (A/HRC/21/L.28)
Submitted by South Africa (on behalf of African Group).
Adopted without a vote.

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies (A/HRC/21/L.27)
Submitted by South Africa (on behalf of African Group).
Adopted without a vote.

Promotion of the human rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (A/HRC/21/L.23)
Submitted by Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, South Africa.
The resolution was orally revised
Vote result
: adopted on September 27, 2012 by a vote of 23 in favour, 9 against (EU and United States) and 15 abstentions (Botswana, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritus, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Switzerland).

Positive Resolutions

Technical assistance for the Sudan in the field of human rights (A/HRC/21/L.4)
Submitted by Senegal (on behalf of the African Group).
The resolution was orally revised.
Adopted without a vote.

Technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan in the field of human rights (A/HRC/21/L.7/Rev.1)
Submitted by Senegal (on behalf of the African Group).
The resolution was orally revised.
Adopted without a vote.

Follow-up to the human rights situation in the Republic of Mali (A/HRC/21/L.9/Rev.1)
Submitted by Senegal (on behalf of the African Group).
Adopted without a vote.

The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (A/HRC/21/L.32)
Submitted by Morocco, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Kuwait
Vote result: adopted on September 28, 2012 by a vote of 41 in favour , 3 against (China, Cuba and Russia) and 3 abstentions (India, Philippines and Uganda).

The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (A/HRC/21/L.25)
Submitted by the USA.
The resolution was orally revised.
Adopted without a vote.

Assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights (A/HRC/21/L.31)
Submitted by Senegal (on behalf of African Group).
The resolution was orally revised.
Adopted without a vote.

Technical assistance and capacity-building for Yemen in the field of human rights (A/HRC/21/L.30/Rev.1)
Submitted by Yemen and The Netherlands.
Adopted without a vote.

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