GENEVA, JUNE 16 – The Human Rights Council resumed its forty-third session, which was suspended on 13 March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and held a general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms. Summaries of the proceedings held before the Council suspended the session can be found here.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Council decided to hold an urgent debate on the current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protests on Wednesday, 17 June, at 3 p.m., following a request made by Burkina Faso on behalf of the African Group.
The resumption of the work has a strong symbolic value as it conveys a clear message from the Human Rights Council to the International Community on the will, importance and moral duty to carry out its mandate for protecting and promoting fundamental rights and freedoms worldwide, especially during this difficult situation caused by the pandemic which has severe consequences, in particular for the most vulnerable groups, and which is also raging in crisis areas and in countries where human rights violations occur.
During the 43rd session, Italy, as a member State of the Human Rights Council, will continue to promote national priorities in the matter, especially in children’s and women’s rights, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, the rights of disabled people and the promotion and protection of human rights in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Italy will also take part in the interactive dialogue with High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on the human rights situation in Libya, will promote a Resolution on this subject and will vote on about forty Resolutions and decisions of the Council. (@OnuItalia)