Côte d'Ivoire + 3 more

Council establishes mandate on Côte d'Ivoire, adopts protocol to child rights treaty, requests study on discrimination and sexual orientation

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Human Rights Council

MORNING 17 June 2011

Extends Mandates of Commission of Inquiry on Libya, and of the Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights of Migrants and on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

The Human Rights Council this morning adopted twelve texts in which it established the mandate of Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, and requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to commission a study to document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The Council extended the mandates of the Commission of Inquiry on Libya and the Special Rapporteurs on the human rights of migrants and on extreme poverty and human rights. It also adopted texts on the flotilla incident, Kyrgyzstan, violence against women, the right to health and on cultural rights.

Concerning assistance to Côte d’Ivoire, the Council decided to establish the mandate of Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire for a period of one year, who would be responsible for assisting the Government of Côte d’Ivoire in the follow-up to the implementation of the recommendations of the International Commission of Inquiry and of the resolutions of the Human Rights Council.

The Council adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, and recommended that the General Assembly adopt the Optional Protocol and that the Optional Protocol be opened for signature at a signing ceremony to be held in 2012.
Regarding human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, the Council requested the High Commissioner to commission a study to be finalised by December 2011 to document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world, and how international human rights law could be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also decided to convene a panel discussion during the nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council, informed by the facts contained in the study commissioned by the High Commissioner.

On the situation of human rights in Libya, the Council extended the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry established by the Human Rights Council and requested the Commission to continue its work, including through visits, and to provide an oral update to the Council at its eighteenth session, and a final written report at its nineteenth session. The Council extended for a period of three years the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. The Council extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights for a period of three years.

In other texts, the Council, regarding follow-up to the report of the independent international fact- finding mission on the incident of the humanitarian flotilla, took note of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; regretted the non-cooperation of the occupying Power, Israel, with the independent international fact-finding mission on the Gaza flotilla incident; and requested the High Commissioner to submit a concluding report at its twentieth session.