The United Nations Human Rights Council adopts Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia
On June 22, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia, highlighting human rights abuses in breakaway Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.
In a resolution (A/HRC/43/L.7) on cooperation with Georgia, adopted by a vote of 20 in favour, 2 against and 24 abstentions, the Council, welcoming the cooperation of the Government of Georgia with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, its office in Tbilisi, and other relevant international and regional human rights mechanisms and actors, requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to provide technical assistance through her office in Tbilisi. The Council strongly calls for immediate and unimpeded access to be given to the Office of the High Commissioner and international and regional human rights mechanisms to Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia; and requests the High Commissioner to present to the Human Rights Council… an oral update on the follow-up to the present resolution at its forty-fourth session, and to present a written report on developments relating to and the implementation of the present resolution at its forty-fifth session.
The results of the vote were as follows :
In favour (20) : Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Japan, Libya, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, Somalia, Spain and Ukraine Against (2) : Cameroon and Venezuela Abstentions (24) : Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and Uruguay.