02.03.2016

Aurelia Frick discusses current human rights situation in Geneva

On 29 February, Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick spoke at the high-level opening of the regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She used the opportunity to meet with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and the President of the Human Rights Council, Choi Kyong-lim. Aurelia Frick also met with her ministerial counterparts and spoke with human rights organizations supported by Liechtenstein.

About 100 ministers and high-level representatives of international organizations took part in the opening segment, which is considered a forum for exchanging views on current challenges in international human rights policy. The opening was marked by the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council, which was established by the UN General Assembly in 2006. The Human Rights Council's responsibility is to promote and protect human rights worldwide and to address critical country situations with recommendations, support measures, or investigations.

Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick appraised the ten years of the Human Rights Council's existence and emphasized that the international community can be proud of what it has achieved: Although the Human Rights Council was created against the resistance of a few countries, States now agree that the Council plays a key role within the UN system. Foreign Minister Frick did not neglect to mention, however, that the Human Rights Council continues to have major deficits, especially in responding to serious human rights violations in individual countries. As an egregious example of the failure of international diplomacy, Foreign Minister Frick cited the situation in Syria. Once again, she emphatically called upon the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick also met with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, for an exchange of views. During the meeting, High Commissioner Zeid recognized the positive role that Liechtenstein plays in strengthening international justice. He also praised Liechtenstein's financial contribution to the voluntary budget of the Office of the High Commissioner.

In another meeting, Foreign Minister Frick spoke with the President of the Human Rights Council, the South Korean Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Choi Kyong-lim, on the current efforts to strengthen the work of the Human Rights Council. These efforts aim to make the working methods of the Human Rights Council more efficient and to place greater emphasis on turning the Council's resolutions into reality.

Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick also met with representatives of non-governmental organizations that work closely together with Liechtenstein: the International Service for Human Rights, which works to protect human rights defenders worldwide, as well as the HD Centre and Geneva Call, both of which engage in conflict mediation around the globe.

 

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