United Nations – Human Rights Council – Closing of the 33rd session (September 30, 2016)


France welcomes the results of the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council which took place in Geneva from September 13 to 30.

Progress was notably made in the following areas:

  • renewal of the mandates of the independent experts in the Central African Republic, Sudan and Somalia;
  • establishment of an international commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in Burundi;
  • decision by the Council to continue to focus on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which it will address at each session in 2017;
  • adoption of a new resolution on the human rights situation in Syria, providing for the establishment of a high-level panel focusing on the victims of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances;
  • adoption of a new mechanism to monitor the human rights situation in Yemen, which should enable the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to work independently;
  • renewal of the mandate of the working group on arbitrary detention, supported by France;
  • adoption of resolutions on the safety of journalists, the national institutions responsible for the protection of human rights as well as on terrorism and human rights;
  • the first appointment of a UN independent expert on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity (Vitit Muntarbhorn). France, together with its EU partners, supported the creation of such a mandate at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council;
  • renewal of the mandates of the special rapporteurs on contemporary forms of slavery, on the right to health as well as on the right to drinking water and sanitation.