The Slovenia Times

UNHRC starts fist session under Slovenian presidency


Erjavec will present Slovenia's views and positions regarding topical issues related to human rights globally. He will hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the session, including with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, the Foreign Ministry has said in a press release.

After the high-level meeting, the UNHRC will continue discussion at the working level, including a high-profile panel on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Reports will also be presented by independent experts on human rights and the environment, on violence against children and children in armed conflicts, on minority rights and on human rights in North Korea, Syria, Myanmar and Iran.

The session will discuss reports from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, including a general report on the office's work in 2017 and on the state of human rights in Burundi, DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.

As it assumed the one-year presidency on 1 January to wrap up its three-year membership in the UNHRC, Slovenia announced it would focus on traditional foreign policy priorities in the field of human rights.

At this session, Slovenia will focus on children's rights, human rights and the environment, elimination of all forms of discrimination and the rights of minorities.

Together with like-minded countries, Slovenia will present two resolutions - on human rights and the environment and on the rights of minorities, the ministry said.

The session will conclude on 23 March with the adoption of several resolutions and other decisions.


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