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UN Human Rights Council – Review of the 24th session (September 9 to 27, 2013)

The UN Human Rights Council closed its 24th session on September 27 in Geneva after three weeks of work.

A resolution on the human rights situation in Syria was adopted by a very large majority, underscoring the mobilization and cohesion of the Human Rights Council in the face of the deteriorating situation. It condemns the crimes committed in Syria, including the chemical weapons attacks and reaffirms that the perpetrators must be held accountable. It calls on the Syrian authorities to guarantee access to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry and ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and encourages efforts to find a political solution.

France welcomes the adoption of a resolution condemning all human rights violations in the Central African Republic. It welcomes the creation, through this resolution, of a mandate for an Independent Expert tasked with assessing the situation and providing assistance to the Central African authorities with a view toward strengthening respect for human rights.

France welcomes the adoption of a resolution condemning the scale of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for the holding of a high-level dialogue on this issue at the next session of the Human Rights Council in March 2014. The purpose of this dialogue will be to help the Congolese authorities to eradicate this intolerable violence.

France also welcomes the renewal of the mandates of the Independent Experts on Somalia and on Sudan.

It also welcomes the adoption, on its initiative, of a resolution on arbitrary detentions, which is enjoying an ever-increasing level of support and is a key objective for French diplomacy.

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