Third Committee

Summaries of work and references

Excerpts from document   A/61/100   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]

Item 67: Promotion and protection of human rights:

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(a)  Implementation of human rights instruments

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Status of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

At its thirty-ninth session, in 1984, the General Assembly adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (resolution 39/46, annex), and called upon all Governments to consider signing and ratifying the Convention as a matter of priority (resolution 39/46). The Convention entered into force on 26 June 1987. As at 12 April 2006, 140 States had ratified or acceded to the Convention.

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its sixty-first session a report on the status of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (resolution 60/148).

Report of the Committee against Torture

In accordance with article 17 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Committee against Torture is composed of 10 experts. The members of the Committee are elected for a term of four years and are eligible for re-election. At present, the Committee is composed of the following members:

Ms. Essadia Belmir (Morocco), Mr. Guibril Camara (Senegal), Ms. Felice Gaer (United States of America), Mr. Claudio Grossman (Chile), Mr. Alexander Kovalev (Russian Federation), Mr. Fernando Mariño Menéndez (Spain), Mr. Andreas Mavrommatis (Cyprus), Ms. Nora Sveaass (Norway), Mr. Julio Prado-Vallejo (Ecuador) and Mr. Wang Xiuexian (China).

The Committee against Torture held its thirty-fifth and thirty-sixth sessions in Geneva from 7 to 25 November 2005 and from 1 to 19 May 2006, respectively. In accordance with article 24 of the Convention, the Committee submits an annual report on its activities to the States parties and to the General Assembly.

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly invited all States parties to the Convention that had not yet done so to consider making the declarations provided for in articles 21 and 22 of the Convention and to consider the possibility of withdrawing their reservations to article 20 of the Convention and to notify the Secretary-General of their acceptance of the amendments to articles 17 and 18 of the Convention as soon as possible; called upon States parties to give early consideration to signing and ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention, which provided further measures for use in the fight against and prevention of torture; and decided to consider at its sixty-first session the reports of the Secretary-General, including the report on the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, the report of the Committee against Torture and the interim report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (resolution 60/148).

Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly called upon all States to cooperate with and assist the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the performance of his task; and decided to consider the interim report of the Special Rapporteur at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/148).

Status of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

At its thirty-sixth session, in 1981, the General Assembly established the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and requested the Secretary-General to report to it annually on the administration of the Fund (resolution 36/151). The Fund receives voluntary contributions for distribution to non-governmental organizations providing psychological, medical, social, economic, legal, humanitarian or other forms of assistance to victims of torture and their relatives.

The Fund is administered in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations by the Secretary-General, with the advice of the Board of Trustees.

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly appealed to all States and organizations to contribute annually to the Fund, preferably with a substantial increase in the level of contributions; requested the Secretary-General to transmit to all States the appeals of the Assembly for contributions to the Fund and to include the Fund on an annual basis among the programmes for which funds were pledged at the United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities; and also requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its sixty-first session a report on the operations of the Fund (resolution 60/148).

Report of the Human Rights Committee

At its twenty-first session, in 1966, the General Assembly adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (resolution 2200 A (XXI)). The Covenant and the Optional Protocol thereto entered into force on 23 March 1976.

In accordance with article 28 of the Covenant, the Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 experts. The members of the Committee are elected for a term of four years and are eligible for re-election. At present, the Committee is composed of the following members:

Mr. Abdelfattah Amor (Tunisia), Mr. Nisuke Ando (Japan), Mr. Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati (India), Mr. Alfredo Castillero Hoyos (Panama), Ms. Christine Chanet (France), Mr. Maurice Glèlè-Ahanhanzo (Benin), Mr. Edwin Johnson Lopez (Ecuador), Mr. Walter Kälin (Switzerland), Mr. Ahmed Tawfik Khalil (Egypt), Mr. Rajsoomer Lallah (Mauritius), Mr. Michael O’Flaherty (Ireland), Ms. Elisabeth Palm (Sweden), Mr. Rafael Rivas Posada (Colombia), Sir Nigel Rodley (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Mr. Ivan Shearer (Australia), Mr. Hipólito Solari Yrigoyen (Argentina), Ms. Ruth Wedgwood (United States of America) and Mr. Roman Wieruszewski (Poland).

As at 5 April 2006, 156 States had ratified or acceded to the Covenant, 105 States had ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol and 56 States had ratified or acceded to the Second Optional Protocol aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

International Covenants on Human Rights

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to keep the Assembly informed of the status of the International Covenants on Human Rights and the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including all reservations and declarations, through the United Nations websites (resolution 60/149).

Report of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

In accordance with article 72 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the Committee is composed of 10 experts. As a result of the elections held on 8 December 2005, the Committee is now composed of the following members:

Mr. Francisco Alba (Mexico), Mr. José Serrano Brillantes (Philippines), Mr. Francisco Carrión-Mena (Ecuador), Ms. Ana Elizabeth Cubias Medina (El Salvador), Ms. Anamaría Dieguez Arévalo (Guatemala), Mr. Ahmed Hassan El‑Borai (Egypt), Mr. Abdelhamid El Jamri (Morocco), Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam (Sri Lanka), Mr. Mehmet Sevim (Turkey) and Mr. Azad Taghizade (Azerbaijan).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to provide all the facilities and assistance necessary for the active promotion of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families; and requested the Secretary-General to submit an updated report on the status of the Convention and on the implementation of the resolution to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 59/262).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly invited the Secretary-General to make available for the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development a summary of the discussion in the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (resolution 60/227).

In accordance with article 74 of the Convention, the Committee will submit an annual report on its activities to the General Assembly at its sixty-first session.

Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery was established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/122 of 17 December 1991 for the purpose of assisting representatives of non-governmental organizations from different regions, dealing with issues of contemporary forms of slavery, to participate in the deliberations of the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery by providing them with financial assistance and to extend, through established channels of assistance, humanitarian, legal and financial aid to individuals whose human rights had been severely violated as a result of contemporary forms of slavery. The Fund is administered in accordance with the Financial Regulations of the United Nations by the Secretary-General, with the advice of a Board of Trustees, and can receive voluntary contributions from Governments, non-governmental organizations and other private or public entities.

(b)  Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

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Extreme poverty
                              
At its fifty-ninth session, in 2005, the General Assembly noted with interest the extension for a period of two years of the mandate of the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty; and requested the independent expert to forward his reports on his activities to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 59/186).

Document: Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the reports of the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty to the Commission on Human Rights at its sixty-first and sixty-second sessions (resolution 59/186).

Missing persons

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to bring the resolution to the attention of all Governments, the competent United Nations bodies, the specialized agencies, regional intergovernmental organizations and international humanitarian organizations; and also requested the Secretary-General to submit a comprehensive report on the implementation of the resolution to the Commission on Human Rights at its sixty-second session and to the General Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 59/189).

Strengthening United Nations action in the field of human rights through the promotion of international cooperation and the importance of non-selectivity, impartiality and objectivity

The General Assembly has considered this question since its forty-fifth session (resolutions 45/163, 46/129, 47/131, 48/125, 49/181, 50/174, 51/105, 52/131, 53/149, 54/174, 55/104, 56/153, 57/203 and 58/168).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to invite Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to present further practical proposals and ideas that would contribute to the strengthening of United Nations action in the field of human rights through the promotion of international cooperation based on the principles of non-selectivity, impartiality and objectivity, and to submit a comprehensive report on the question to the Assembly at its sixtieth session; and decided to consider the matter at its sixty-first session (resolution 59/190).

Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

The General Assembly considered this question at its fifty-fifth to fifty-seventh sessions (resolutions 55/107, 56/151 and 57/213).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly affirmed the necessary requirements for the realization of a democratic and equitable international order; and decided to continue consideration of the matter at its sixty-first session (resolution 59/193).

Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to pay special attention to the most appropriate ways of assisting countries of the various regions, at their request, under the programme of technical cooperation and to make, where necessary, relevant recommendations; and requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its sixty-first session a report on the state of regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, formulating concrete proposals and recommendations on ways and means to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and regional arrangements in the field of human rights (resolution 59/196).

Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions                                 

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly demanded that all Governments ensure that the practice of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions be brought to an end and that they take effective action to combat and eliminate the phenomenon in all its forms; reaffirmed Economic and Social Council decision 2004/259 of 22 July 2004 to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for three years; and requested the Special Rapporteur to submit an interim report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session on the situation worldwide in regard to extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and his recommendations for more effective action to combat that phenomenon (resolution 59/197).

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly urged all Governments to take appropriate legislative or other steps to prevent and suppress the practice of enforced disappearances, in keeping with the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and to take action to that end at the national and regional levels and in cooperation with the United Nations, including through the provision of technical assistance; requested the Secretary-General to keep it informed of the steps he took to secure the widespread dissemination and promotion of the Declaration; and also requested the Secretary-General to submit to it at its sixty-first session a report on the steps taken to implement the resolution (resolution 59/200).

Respect for the right to universal freedom of travel and the vital importance of family reunification

The General Assembly considered this question at its forty-ninth to fifty-fifth and fifty-seventh sessions (resolutions 49/182, 50/175, 51/89, 52/121, 53/143, 54/169, 55/100 and 57/227).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly once again called upon all States to guarantee the universally recognized freedom of travel to all foreign nationals legally residing in their territory; and decided to continue its consideration of the question at its sixty-first session (resolution 59/203).

Respect for the purposes and principles contained in the Charter of the United Nations to achieve international cooperation in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and in solving international problems of a humanitarian character.

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to bring the resolution to the attention of Members States, organs, bodies and other components of the United Nations system and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and to disseminate it as widely as possible; and decided to consider the question at its sixty-first session under the item entitled “Human rights questions” (resolution 59/204).

Combating defamation of religions

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly recognized that, in the context of the fight against terrorism and the reaction to counter-terrorism measures, defamation of religions became an aggravating factor that contributed to the denial of fundamental rights and freedoms of target groups, as well as their economic and social exclusion; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/150).

Subregional Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide additional funds and human resources to enable the Subregional Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa to respond positively and effectively to the growing needs in the promotion and protection of human rights and in developing a culture of democracy in the Central Africa subregion; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 60/151).

Globalization and its impact on the full enjoyment of all human rights

The General Assembly has considered this question since its fifty-fourth session (resolutions 54/165, 55/102, 56/165, 57/205, 58/193 and 59/184).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to seek further the views of Member States and relevant agencies of the United Nations system and to submit a substantive report on the subject to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/152).

Establishment of a United Nations human rights training and documentation centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to give their support to the establishment of a United Nations human rights training and documentation centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region, to conclude an agreement with the host country, Qatar, regarding its establishment and to make available resources for the establishment of the centre; requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its sixty-first session a report on the implementation of the resolution; and decided to consider the question further at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/153).

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures

The General Assembly considered this item at its fifty-first to fifty-ninth sessions (resolutions 51/103, 52/120, 53/141, 54/172, 55/110, 56/148, 57/222, 58/171 and 59/188).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly urged all States to refrain from adopting or implementing any unilateral measures not in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations, in particular those of a coercive nature with all their extraterritorial effects, which created obstacles to trade relations among States, thus impeding the full realization of the rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments, in particular the right of individuals and peoples to development; requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to give priority to the resolution in her annual report to the Assembly; and requested the Secretary-General to continue to collect the views and information of Member States on the implications and negative effects of unilateral coercive measures on their populations and to submit an analytical report thereon to the Assembly at its sixty-first session, highlighting the practical and preventive measures in that respect (resolution 60/155).

Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights

The General Assembly has considered this question since its fifty-first session (resolutions 51/100, 52/134, 53/154, 54/181, 55/109, 56/149, 57/224, 58/170 and 59/187).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly called upon Member States, specialized agencies and intergovernmental organizations to continue to carry out a constructive dialogue and consultations for the enhancement of understanding and the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and encouraged non-governmental organizations to contribute actively to that endeavour; and decided to continue its consideration of the question at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/156).

The right to development

The General Assembly has considered this question annually since its forty-first session, in 1986, at which it adopted the Declaration on the Right to Development (resolutions 41/128, 42/117, 43/127, 44/62, 45/97, 46/123, 47/123, 48/130, 49/183, 50/184, 51/99, 52/136, 53/155, 54/175, 55/108, 56/150, 57/223, 58/172 and 59/185).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session and an interim report to the Commission on Human Rights at its sixty-second session on the implementation of the resolution, including efforts undertaken at the national, regional and international levels in the promotion and realization of the right to development, and invited the chairperson of the Working Group on the Right to Development to present a verbal update to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/157).

Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue: (a) to examine the question of the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while taking actions to counter terrorism; (b) to make general recommendations concerning the obligation of States to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms while taking actions to counter terrorism; and (c) to provide assistance and advice to States, upon their request, on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, as well as to relevant United Nations bodies; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the Commission on Human Rights at its sixty-second session and to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/158).

Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested that the Office of the High Commissioner as well as other relevant United Nations bodies, offices, departments and specialized agencies consider ways in which they could assist States to strengthen the role and security of human rights defenders, including in conflict situations and peacebuilding; requested the Secretary-General to provide the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders with human, material and financial resources in order to enable her to continue to carry out her mandate effectively, including through country visits; requested all concerned United Nations agencies and organizations, within their mandates, to provide all possible assistance and support to the Special Representative in the implementation of her programme of activities; requested the Special Representative to continue to report annually on her activities to the Assembly and to the Commission on Human Rights in accordance with her mandate (resolution 60/161).

The right to food

The General Assembly considered this question at its fifty-sixth to fifty-ninth sessions (resolutions 56/155, 57/226, 58/186 and 59/202).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the right to food to submit a comprehensive report to the Commission at its sixty-second session and an interim report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 60/165).

Elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly urged all Governments to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief and to respond favourably to her requests to visit their countries and to provide her with all necessary information so as to enable her to fulfil her mandate even more effectively; requested the Secretary-General to ensure that the Special Rapporteur received the necessary resources to enable her to discharge her mandate fully; requested the Special Rapporteur to submit an interim report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session; and decided to consider the question of the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance at its sixty-first session under the item entitled “Human rights questions” (resolution 60/166).

Protection of migrants

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested Members States, the United Nations system, international organizations, civil society and all relevant stakeholders, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and her Office, as well as the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the human rights of migrants, to ensure that the perspective of the human rights of migrants was included among the priority issues in the ongoing discussions on migration and development within the United Nations system, including, in particular, at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development that would be held in 2006, pursuant to Assembly resolution 58/208 of 23 December 2003; requested the Secretary-General to give the Special Rapporteur all the human and financial assistance necessary for the fulfilment of his mandate; and decided to examine the question further at its sixty-first session under the item entitled “Human rights questions” (resolution 60/169).

Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly decided that the Ad Hoc Committee should hold, within existing resources, prior to the sixty-first session of the Assembly, two sessions in 2006, one of 15 working days, from 16 January to 3 February, in order to achieve a complete reading of the draft text of a convention prepared by the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, and one of 10 working days, from 7 to 18 August; and requested the Secretary-General to transmit a comprehensive report of the Ad Hoc Committee and to report on the implementation of paragraphs 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 of the resolution to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/232).

(c)  Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives

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Situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

At its fiftieth session, in 1994, the Commission on Human Rights invited its Chairman to appoint a Special Rapporteur mandated to establish direct contact with the authorities and the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to gather information on the situation of human rights there, including information supplied by non-governmental organizations (Commission resolution 1994/87). The mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been renewed annually since then.

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to ensure that consultations continued between the field office of the Office of the High Commissioner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Secretary-General concerning the ways in which to assist the transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in tackling the problem of impunity; decided to continue to examine the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and requested the independent expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/170).

Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

At its fortieth session, in 1984, the Commission on Human Rights requested the Chairman to appoint a Special Representative of the Commission whose mandate would be to establish contacts with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to make a thorough study of the human rights situation in that country and to submit conclusions and appropriate suggestions to the Commission at its forty-first session (Commission resolution 1984/54). The mandate of the Special Representative has been renewed annually since then.

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly decided to continue its examination of the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at its sixty-first session, under the item entitled “Human rights questions”, in the light of additional elements provided by the Commission on Human Rights (resolution 60/171).

Situation of human rights in Turkmenistan

The General Assembly considered this question at its fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth sessions (resolutions 58/194 and 59/206).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly urged the Government of Turkmenistan to work closely with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with regard to the areas of concern and to cooperate fully with all the mechanisms of the Commission on Human Rights; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 60/172).

Situation of human rights in Uzbekistan

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly strongly called upon the Government of Uzbekistan (a) to implement fully without any delay the recommendations contained in the report of the mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to Kyrgyzstan from 13 to 21 June 2005, most notably with respect to granting permission for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry into the events in Andijan; and (b) to work closely with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with regard to the areas of concern and to cooperate fully with all the mechanisms of the Commission on Human Rights and all the relevant United Nations treaty bodies; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the Assembly at its sixty-first session (resolution 60/174).

Situation of human rights in Myanmar

At its forty-eighth session, in 1992, the Commission on Human Rights decided to nominate a special rapporteur to establish direct contacts with the Government and the people of Myanmar (Commission resolution 1992/58). The mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been renewed annually since then.

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly strongly called upon the Government of Myanmar to cooperate fully with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar and the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Myanmar; and to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur to facilitate an independent international investigation of continuing reports of sexual violence and other abuse of civilians carried out by members of the armed forces in Shan, Karen, Mon and other states; requested the Secretary-General to continue to provide his good offices and to pursue his discussions on the situation of human rights and the restoration of democracy with the Government and the people of Myanmar, including all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process in Myanmar, and to offer technical assistance to the Government in that regard; also requested the Secretary-General to give all necessary assistance to enable his Special Envoy and the Special Rapporteur to discharge their mandates fully and effectively; and further requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixty-first session and to the Commission on Human Rights at its sixty-second session on the progress made in the implementation of the resolution (resolution 60/233).

(d)  Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

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At its forty-eighth session, in 1993, the General Assembly endorsed the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in June 1993, and requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly on the measures taken and the progress achieved in the implementation of the recommendations of the Conference (resolution 48/121).

The General Assembly also considered the question at its forty-ninth to fifty-ninth sessions (resolutions 49/208, 50/201, 51/118, 52/148 and 53/166 and decisions 54/435, 55/422, 56/403, 57/535, 58/540 and 59/529).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly took note of the report of the Third Committee (decision 60/534).

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

At its forty-eighth session, in 1993, the General Assembly decided to create the post of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and requested the High Commissioner to report annually to the Commission on Human Rights and, through the Economic and Social Council, to the Assembly (resolution 48/141).

At its sixtieth session, the General Assembly took note of the report of the Third Committee (decision 60/535).

 

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