UN Human Rights Council Elections for 2024-2026 and the Duty to Shield

At present, 10 October, the UN Normal Meeting elected Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malawi and the Netherlands to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2024-2026 time period. With the elections of Albania, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Ghana, Japan and the Netherlands, 24 of the 47 Council members throughout 2024 will likely be “Buddies of the Duty to Shield” – having appointed an R2P Focal Level and/or joined the Group of Buddies of R2P in New York and Geneva.

The HRC and its mechanisms and procedures – together with the Common Periodic Evaluate (UPR), HRC-mandated investigative mechanisms, particular procedures and treaty our bodies, in addition to the technical help supplied by the Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – all play a necessary position in offering early warning of the chance components that may result in crimes towards humanity, ethnic cleaning, warfare crimes and genocide, and supply suggestions to forestall their recurrence.

The election of Burundi and China undermines the credibility of the HRC. States elected to the HRC are speculated to show their dedication to the best requirements of human rights, together with their full cooperation with all UN mechanisms. These are situations set forth in UN Normal Meeting Decision 60/251. The truth that potential mass atrocity crimes are being perpetrated by a variety of HRC member states at residence or overseas – together with Cameroon, Eritrea, United Arab Emirates and Sudan – can be deeply disturbing.

Since 2008, the HRC has referred to states’ accountability to guard their populations in 75 thematic and nation resolutions. However extra work must be achieved to show early warning into well timed preventive motion. On this regard, the World Centre for the Duty to Shield encourages all HRC members to:

Make sure the HRC responds in a well timed and efficient method to atrocity conditions: Actively assist the adoption of resolutions addressing severe violations of human rights; Help HRC-mandated investigative mechanisms; Mandate the Council’s mechanisms and procedures to conduct country-specific atrocity danger assessments, together with by using the UN Framework of Evaluation for Atrocity Crimes; The place an imminent danger of mass atrocity crimes is detected, maintain a particular session to assist mobilize applicable worldwide diplomatic motion. Make use of the Irish Ideas, which lay out unbiased and goal concerns to information selections on whether or not and when the HRC ought to reply to a country-specific state of affairs. Enhance the hyperlink between human rights and peace and safety: Ask the UN Secretary-Normal to deliver to the eye of the Safety Council related selections and stories by the HRC; Encourage the UN Normal Meeting to make sure data collected by particular procedures and worldwide investigative mechanisms, together with these mandated by the HRC, is relayed to the Safety Council in a well timed method; Encourage the Safety Council to request common briefings by OHCHR and different related HRC mechanisms and procedures; Promote continued dialogue on human rights and the prevention of mass atrocities. Make higher use of the UPR to detect early warning indicators of potential mass atrocity crimes: In preparation on your nationwide report, take into account what motion your authorities has taken to uphold its major accountability to guard all populations in your territory; Use the UPR to ask related questions relating to the ratification and implementation of core human rights treaties, in addition to relating to danger components associated to systematic violations and abuses of human rights.

The World Centre has compiled profiles on every of the newly elected HRC members. These present a fundamental overview of their dedication to forestall mass atrocities by defending and selling human rights.