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UN Human Rights Council 55: UK Statement for Item 10 General Debate

Thank you Mr President. We welcome the engagement by many States with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and thank the Office for the technical assistance which it provides. In Mali, amid a deeply concerning deterioration in the human rights, security and humanitarian situation, we urgently call on the transitional authorities to recommit to an inclusive peace process. Atrocities committed by Russian proxies only strengthen jihadist groups and reduce security. In Colombia, we remain concerned that violence by armed and criminal groups remains prevalent. We call on the government to take steps to strengthen prevention and protection mechanisms, and to guarantee independent and impartial criminal investigations into threats against human rights defenders, social leaders, environmental activists, and women peacebuilders, and to prosecute those responsible.  Lastly, the UK commends the important work of OHCHR’s Human Rights Advisor Programme. It accounts for half of OHCHR’s field presences worldwide and makes a significant contribution to cross-UN activity to advance human rights where they are present.  Thank you. The UK is extremely concerned about the suffering of Haitian civilians at the hands of armed gangs. We urge all political actors to put aside their differences and agree a roadmap to establish a return to stable governance.


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