United Nations – 28th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, March 2 to 27, 2015)

France welcomes the results of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Council notably adopted new resolutions denouncing the human rights situation in Syria, Iran and North Korea, and renewing UN follow-up procedures. The Council also examined the report on the investigation into abuses in Iraq, which documents serious violations, especially against persons belonging to religious minorities.

The Council also reaffirmed its attachment to the freedom of religion or belief and called on political and religious leaders to condemn all acts of violence and intolerance committed in the name of religion. The Human Rights Council established new monitoring mechanisms focusing on the right to privacy and on persons with albinism who face serious persecution in some countries.

Lastly, the 28th session provided an opportunity to raise the international community’s awareness – in the run-up to COP21 – of the impact of climate change on human rights, through the strengthening of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur responsible for this issue and the preparation of a contribution toward the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.