27th Session of the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council held its 27th regular session from 8 – 26 September 2014 in Geneva. 
Iceland welcomed the new High Commissioner, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein and urged him to pay particular attention to the human rights of children, women and LGBT people. The country expressed concern regarding the human rights situations in Iraq, Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Sudan. Iceland also took the floor to condemn the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and urged Israel to cease all settlement activities in Palestinian territory. 
Iceland engaged in three interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner and mandate holders. The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery was praised for his emphasis on addressing child, early and forced marriage and domestic servitude, two practices that call for a coherent global response. Iceland also urged the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to continue documenting cases of sexual and gender-based violence and violations of children’s rights committed by all parties to the conflict, in order to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice. Finally, Iceland took the floor during the interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner's report on the situation in Ukraine. On this occasion, the country condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and stressed the need for accountability and legislative reforms in compliance with international law. 
Iceland took the floor during the panel on the protection of the human rights of persons deprived of their liberty in order to identify key challenges and share its views and experiences in this area. The country also aligned itself with four Nordic statements on the rights of indigenous people, protection of families (including same-sex couples), eliminating violence against children and integrating a gender perspective into the work of the Human Rights Council. 
Finally, Iceland supported resolutions on three issues that received considerable attention during the 27th session: sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), civil society space and the human rights situation in Syria. The SOGI resolution expresses grave concerns at acts of violence and discrimination committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. It is an important step forward towards achieving the universality of human rights. Regarding civil society space, Iceland co-sponsored the resolution urging States to create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment in which civil society can operate free from hindrance and insecurity. On Syria, Iceland added its voice once again in condemning the widespread human rights violations taking place in the country. 
Below you can see all statements and resolutions supported by Iceland during the 27th session. 
Item 2:  Statements
Item 3:  Resolutions 


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Item 9: Statements

Item 10: Resolutions
  • Icelandic statement – ID on the report of the High Commissioner on implementation of resolution 26/30 on cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights
  • EU statement by Italy – General debate under item 2&10

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