Human rights challenges: "no room for complacency"

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Joachim Ruecker. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

There is "absolutely no room for complacency" when it comes to addressing human rights challenges globally.

That message comes from the president of the UN Human Rights Council, Joachim Ruecker, in a statement reflecting on the chamber's work over the past year.

Forty-seven countries serve on the Human Rights Council which was established nearly a decade ago by the UN General Assembly.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ruecker reported on the country situations which the UN Human Rights Council addressed during 2015. 

They included the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka and Syria which has been the subject of the Council's "steady focus" for the past four years. 

Thematic issues covered this year ranged from climate change to sustainable development, terrorism and migration. 

The Council also established new mandates on the right to privacy in the digital age and on the rights of persons with Albinism. 

Mr Ruecker said the challenges to human rights today remain huge, adding that "there is absolutely no room for complacency." 

He said past, present and future Council members have a decisive role to play in order to better protect human rights and to help victims of human rights abuses. 

Looking ahead, Mr Ruecker suggested that the Human Rights Council should be made a primary organ of the United Nations. 

By doing so, he said the three pillars of the organization—Peace and Security, Development and Human Rights—would be on equal footing. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

Duration: 1’09″

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