4th Session of the Human Rights Council

4th Session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, Switzerland
12-30th March 2007

The Human Rights Council, which replaced the Commission of Human Rights in 2006, held its 4th Sessions from the 12-30th March 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. On the 16th March the findings and recommendations of the High Level Mission to Darfur were presented to the Council. An important event for  Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) was the presentation of a report to the Council on the current situation in Liberia which was presented on the 23rd March.

FAS activities during the 4th session of the Human Rights Council covered a wide range of actions. FAS staff constantly monitored discussions of the Plenary session of the Human Rights Council, especially analyzing country reports, thematic issues and special procedures on the African region. In particular, Agnes Taylor-Lewis, from MAWOPNET made a statement, on behalf of FAS, to support the work of the international community in Sierra Leone, calling for renewed effort in Liberia.

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Participants of FAS’ panel. From left to right: Samia Ishag, Professor Yakin Erturk, Mrs Bineta Diop, Mrs Agnes Taylor-Lewis

FAS also monitored the adoption of gender sensitive perspective in the work of special procedures, particularly welcoming the report of Professor Yakin Erturk, Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences.

FAS worked in strong cooperation with other NGOs and activists from Darfur to lobby for a resolution of the Human Rights Council. The panel "Women and War in Africa, experiences, responses and implementation of 1325", gathered together a wide spectrum of actors from Darfurian women activists to ambassadors, and marked an important step in the dialogue between civil society and governments aiming to resolve the Darfur situation.

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Mrs Bineta Diop at the Human Rights Council

FAS also made a statement denouncing the deterioration of the situation in Darfur and called for the support of international community to AU forces and for the integration of women in the peace process.

FAS lobbying and advocacy work was successful as the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council mentioned violence against women and appointed a panel of special procedures including Professor Erturk.

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