Ræða Íslands á 34. reglubundnum fundi Mannréttaráðs Sameinuðu þjóðanna

Statement by

Thordur Sigtryggsson


Item 4: General Debate

Mr. President

We welcome this opportunity to highlight some human rights situations that we believe require the Council’s attention.

In Myanmar, we are alarmed by reports from the Office of the High Commissioner of serious human rights violations in Rakhine State and the crackdown by security forces on the Rohingya Muslim minority. These violations appear to have taken place in a widespread and systematic manner, some of which the High Commissioner himself said may amount to crimes against humanity. We strongly urge the Government of Myanmar to address the situation in accordance with its international obligations and call on this Council to establish a robust mechanism to investigate these serious violations in an independent, prompt and credible manner. 

In Iran, my delegation remains concerned at the ongoing systematic discrimination and harassment of religious and ethnic minorities – including adherents to the Baha’i faith. We call on the Government to ensure the protection of the civil and political rights for all, and to amend all legislation that discriminates against minority groups and religious beliefs.

In the Philippines, we condemn the extra-judicial killings of people suspected of being involved in the drug-trade and the dangerous rhetoric coming from the highest level of government. My Delegation echoes the call of the High Commissioner for an independent and credible investigation into all killings.

Mr. President,

Iceland shares the concerns of the High Commissioner regarding the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Israel’s promotion of illegal settlements in the West Bank, including by attempting to retroactively legalize settlements built on private Palestinian land, is unacceptable and only undermines the prospects for peace.

We call again on both parties to urgently resume meaningful negotiations towards a final status agreement that addresses all core issues and ends the occupation. The two-state solution remains the only viable option for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace and security. Both sides need to fully commit to this solution.


Thank you.

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