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Human Rights Council 34th Session-Interactive Dialogue with UNHCHR-Joint Statement Mr Jan Lönn

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Published on Mar 29, 2017

International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)

www.eaford.org

Human Rights Council
34th Session, 27 February – 24 March 2017

Interactive Dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (9 March 2017)

Joint Statement with Comité International pour le Respect et l’Application de la Charte Africaine (CIRAC), Delivered by Mr. Jan Lönn during the Interactive Dialogue with the UNHCHR at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council.

I make this statement on behalf of 13 organizations with a long-standing commitment to the struggle against racism in particular the full implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA). On 19 December 2016, the General Assembly adopted an exceptionally important resolution on global efforts to combat racism which we fully support. We would like to know how your office will bring this important resolution to the public and actively seek its implementation.

In particular, the General Assembly called for the Human Rights Council to adopt at its 34th session a multi-year outreach program for Durban Programme information and mobilization. What contributions is the OHCHR making to the development of this important outreach program?

The General Assembly has also requested the Secretary-General to fill the vacancies in the Eminent Independent Expert Group for the DD PA before the end of March. We count on your office to facilitate these important appointments. In 2015 you drastically eliminated three staff positions from the work to implement the Durban Programme. Could you kindly explain the rationale for this and if you plan to reinstate the three essential staff positions.

Finally, we would like to have your explanation of the reasons for deciding not to publish an official Council document of the 34th session, which has a document number in the annotated agenda, namely the report of the October 2016 session of the Intergovernmental Working Group for DDPA implementation.

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