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Human Rights Council 36th session
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
11 September 2017
Distinguished President of the Council,
As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years.
I am honoured to address this first session of the Council's second decade.
After two years as High Commissioner, I believe it is important for me to share with you in this oral update our concern over an emerging pattern: the growing refusal on the part of an increasing number of Member States to grant OHCHR, or the human rights mechanisms, access – either to countries generally, or to specific regions, when that access is requested explicitly, or in other instances to engage with us.
10 March 2016
Distinguished President, Excellencies,
Over the past ten days, many delegations have shared with me their alarm about the growing disarray in many countries. And among other issues, I have raised with many of them my concerns about arrests, harassment and spurious prosecutions of journalists, activists, political opponents and human rights defenders.
Geneva, 10 September 2012
I would like to begin by expressing sympathy with the victims and families of those who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of the earthquakes in China and the bombings across Iraq.
Despite global acceptance of existing human rights legislation dealing with children's rights, 250,000 child soldiers remain involved in more than 30 conflicts around the world today.
This contradiction was highlighted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, in her report to the 12th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Geneva, 3 June 2009
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I appreciate this opportunity to present some updates on human rights themes and on situations of particular concern. But first, I wish to congratulate those States that have been re-elected or were newly selected as Members of the Human Rights Council.