Switzerland launches an international appeal to enhance conflict prevention

Siwss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
Siwss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter

GENEVA, June 13 (KUNA) — At the opening of the UN Human Rights Council’s June session on Monday in Geneva, Siwss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter launched an international appeal calling for enhanced conflict prevention. Speaking at the opening of the Council’s June session, Burkhalter said: “Security and human rights make a perfect match.” The initiative, which is supported by all 10 countries that have provided presidents of the Human Rights Council since its inception and more than 50 other states, and is expected to be joined by even more countries, aims to strengthen the UN’s preventive instruments through more systematic inclusion of human rights in security policy debates. Burkhalter invited all UN member states to back the appeal. It calls on UN member states to enhance cooperation between UN bodies, primarily the Human Rights Council and Security Council. In particular, Human Rights Council members are urged to bring any information relevant to conflict prevention to the attention of the Security Council. Conversely, the appeal invites members of the Security Council to request regular briefings by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on specific human rights situations and to consult reports produced by the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms when making decisions. In addition, all UN member states are urged to put people and human rights at the heart of all their conflict prevention activities.
The Human Rights Council came into being almost exactly 10 years ago, Switzerland having been a committed advocate of its creation. Today’s opening of the Council’s 32nd session celebrates the anniversary. (end) ta.rk