UN Human Rights Council adopted two resolutions put forward by Azerbaijani Chairmanship, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement
On October 6, 2020, on the margins of its 45th session the UN Human Rights Council adopted two resolutions put forward by the Republic of Azerbaijan, in its capacity as the chair of the Non-Aligned Movement.
In the resolution on human rights and unilateral coercive measures, the Council welcomes the calls made by the Special Rapporteur to lift unilateral sanctions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and decides to extend for a period of three years the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, as set out in Human Rights Council resolution 27/21 of 26 September 2014. The Council also requests the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to give high priority to human rights and unilateral coercive measures, to pursue further work in this area in full cooperation with the Special Rapporteur in her various activities, and to continue to provide the Special Rapporteur with all the assistance necessary for the effective fulfilment of the mandate.
In the resolution on the right to development, the Council requests the High Commissioner to continue to submit to the Human Rights Council an annual report on the activities of the Office of the High Commissioner, including on inter-agency coordination within the United Nations system that has direct relevance to the realization of the right to development, and to provide an analysis, taking into account existing challenges to the realization of the right to development, and to make recommendations on how to overcome them and concrete proposals for supporting the Working Group on the Right to Development in fulfilling its mandate. The Council urges the Office of the High Commissioner, in the implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development, to ensure balanced and visible allocation of both financial and human resources to the existing mechanisms within the Office, including the Expert Mechanism of the Right to Development and the Special Rapporteur on the right to development, for the realization of the right to development.October 9, 2020