11.07.2014

26th Session of the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council held its 26th regular session from 10 – 27 June 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Iceland raised a number of issues during the session, including the importance of combating discrimination against women in order to achieve full gender equality. The issue featured prominently in the report and interactive dialogue of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, which visited Iceland in the Spring of 2013. Iceland reiterated its commitment to enhance equality in the labour market, to increase the participation of men in the work on gender equality, and to eliminate gender-based violence. The country also aligned itself with three Nordic statements on gender rights (see below).
 
Iceland also recalled the importance of the need for providing remedies and support to the victims of human trafficking, especially women and children, highlighting the fact that this particular dimension was one of the main pillars of the country's current national plan against trafficking in persons. 
 
Iceland supported strong resolutions on three issues that received considerable attention during the 26th session : the question of the death penalty and the human rights situation in Ukraine and Syria. The resolution on the death penalty linked its use explicitly, and for the first time, with human rights violations. On Syria, Iceland added its voice in condemning the widespread human rights violations taking place in the country. On Ukraine, Iceland cosponsored the resolution of the Ukrainian Government calling for an immediate end to all acts of discrimination and harassment against minorities taking place in Crimea, while strongly condemning the violence and abuses committed by illegal armed groups in the East of the country. 
 
Below you can see all statements and resolutions supported by Iceland during the 26th session. 
 
Panel discussions on women's human rights
 
Statements
 
Item 2: Annual report of the High Commissioner and the reports of the OHCHR
 
Statements
 
Item 3: Promotion and protection of human rights
 
Resolutions
 
Statements
 
Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Human Rights Council's attention
 
Resolutions
 
Statements

 

Item 6 : Universal Periodic Review

Statements
 
Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action
 
Statements
 
Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
 
Statements
 
Item 10: Technical assistance and capacity-building
 
Statements
 
Resolutions
 

 



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