Human Rights Council moves to reschedule examination of Israel's human rights record

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Remigiusz Henczel of Poland, elected as president of the Human Rights Council for 2013. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Human Rights Council has rescheduled examination of Israel’s human rights record to October or November this year.

This follows Israel’s failure to submit a report and show up today for a discussion scheduled in the Universal Periodic Review, known as the UPR.

Israel is the first state that has not taken part in the procedure since it began almost five years ago.

Haiti’s review was postponed following the devastating earthquake.

Tuesday’s decision adopted by consensus calls on Israel to resume co-operation with the UPR mechanism,

The Council’s President, Remigiusz Henczel of Poland is asked to “take all appropriate steps” to encourage Israel to resume its cooperation and to report to the Council at its February /March session and if necessary at the session which takes place in May and June.

The approach will be considered a precedent to be applied to all similar circumstances in the future.

Council President Ambassador Remigiusz Henczel of Poland:

“It is a self explanatory text which calls upon the state under review to resume cooperation with the UPR mechanism and requests your President to take all steps and measures to encourage the State to resume its cooperation with the UPR mechanism. In this regard, I will report back to the Council in March and if need be in June. When my final report is considered, the Council will consider any steps that might be deemed appropriate under the relevant General Assembly and Human Rights Council resolutions.

Ambassador Remigiusz Henczel says if adopted the text would reschedule the Universal Periodic Review of Israel with a view to conducting it in 2013.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’49″

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