6th Session of the Human Rights Council

6th Session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, Switzerland
10th - 28th September 2007

 

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) held its 6th Session from the 10th to 28th September, 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. While much of the session focused on the final steps of the institution building process, several debates were relevant to the work of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS). In particular, FAS voiced its concerns and made suggestions during the debates on gender integration into the work of the HRC, on Darfur, and on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Council held a debate on 20th September on mainstreaming gender into the work of the Human Rights Council. The debate confirmed widespread support by members and observers of the Council for the integration of a gender perspective into many of its functions. For example, suggestions were made to include a gender component in the guidelines for Universal Periodic Review. FAS made a statement during the interactive portion of the debate, highlighting the achievements and the new challenges faced by African states in gender mainstreaming.

See link to webcast to see Mrs Roberta Méan giving the statement on gender integration into the work of the Council.

http://www.un.org/webcast/unhrc/archive.asp?go=070921

On 24th September, the Council held a debate on human rights situations that require its attention. The debate opened with a summary of the interim report by the group of experts on the human rights situation in Sudan. The group of experts was mandated by Resolution 4/8 adopted at the 4thSession of the HRC.

During the debate, many speakers urged all parties to the conflict to fulfil their human rights obligations and put an immediate halt to attacks on civilians. The especially precarious situation of women and children in Darfur was addressed by several delegations. FAS presented an oral statement on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and eastern Chad. The statement was read by Mrs Roberta Méan, Coordinator of the Interantional Secretariat of FAS, on behalf of Mme Bineta Diop. 

See link to webcast to see Mrs Roberta Méan giving the statement on the human rights situation in Darfur, Sudan and eastern Chad.

http://www.un.org/webcast/unhrc/archive.asp?go=070924  

Several delegations also raised concerns of the human rights situations in Belarus, the DRC, Iran, Burma/Myanmar and Zimbabwe, among others.

FAS also submitted a written statement for publication on the human rights situation in the DRC. It was published along with all the other written NGO statamente prior to the opening of the 6th Session and distributed to all State delegations. The statement responds to the report of the Independent Expert on DRC, M. Titinga Frederic Pacéré.

Statement by Femmes Africa Solidarité at the 6th Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (French only) – 5thSeptember 2007 » PDF