General Assembly/3C: Statement by Counsellor Christiane Hullmann at the adoption of the draft resolution on “National Institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights”
After several rounds of informals, my delegation would like to propose resolution L.50 on National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights for adoption by consensus. Let me inform you that the following countries have joined the list of co-sponsors after the tabling of the revised draft: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Tunisia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
My delegation has appreciated the open and constructive atmosphere that prevailed during the informals and in between.
We were encouraged by many delegations who shared our view on the role of National Human Rights Institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights in their respective countries. We have been able to confirm that 20 years after the adoption of the Paris principles these principles continue to be the hallmark for the independence of human rights institutions and that they serve as a goal to be achieved and as an orientation for the further development of new institutions. We undertook to put special emphasis on the fact that the independence of a national human rights institution includes also that its staff not be subjected to any form of reprisals or intimidation as a result of their activities under the mandate of the institute.
The resolution takes up the issue of the role that National Human Rights Institutions do already play in the work of the United Nations. My delegation has thought it important to ask the Secretary General in his next report to take stock of the current participation of national human rights institutions compliant with the Paris Principles in the work of the United Nations General Assembly and related processes und subsequently to explore opportunities how this participation can be strengthened. Again, many delegations have supported this endeavor from the onset.
We would like to thank all delegations who have participated in the negotiations and who have helped to shape this resolution. We thank them for the opportunity to exchange on recent developments with regard to the work of National Human Rights Institutions in the United Nations. And we would like to thank them for their understanding in adopting a broad vision on the role that National Human Rights Institutions can play within the United Nations.
We would like to thank all stakeholders, including representatives from the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions and from various National Human Rights Institutions, for their contribution to the preparation and to the negotiation on this resolution either directly in New York or from home.
We would like to thank the 61 co-sponsors of the resolution who have been a valuable source of strength throughout negotiations and we would like to welcome those co-sponsors that have joined the resolution during these last days. We would like to encourage all delegations, who have not yet done so, to co-sponsor our resolution now.