13 FEBRUARY 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.


**Questions and Answers


Question:  The publication of the list of com… private companies operating in occupied territories, that has produced a statement of outrage from the US… from Pompeo, the Secretary of State from the US.  What was the process by which… this is a remedial question, but what was the process by which that list came to be published historically, and more recently, as well, within the human rights agency of the UN?

Spokesman:  Sure.  I think, first of all, it’s important to understand that the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, acted on a mandate given to her office by the Human Rights Council back in 2016.  It is her responsibility to act upon mandates given to her by the Member States who sit on the Human Rights Council.  It’s not as if she had… you know, a mandate is given by Member States.  It’s not as if she had an option not to fulfil that mandate.  So, the initial resolution was passed in 2016.  The work has been done since then.  I mean, I think, on the details of the work, I would refer you to press releases put out by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).  You can contact my colleagues in Geneva who can tell you about how the work was done.  You know, there have been different reactions to the list, and I think it’s perfectly legitimate to have… for various Member States to have opinions on the report and on the mandate given to… by the High Commissioner… to the High Commissioner by the Human Rights Council.  Madames et messieurshasta mañana.

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