Statements at the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The Council will convene between 12 September and 7 October. During the session, we will raise various human rights situations and concerns shared by our partners at the grassroots.

You can find all our statements below. This page will be updated throughout the session.

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Item 4: General Debate – Mozambique (27 September)

Despite the recommendations accepted by Mozambique during its 2021 Universal Periodic Review, the government has failed to contain the crises in Cabo Delgado, which has so far displaced over 900.000 people. The situation, inextricably linked to the exploitation of natural resources, is likely to further deteriorate as demand for gas from Mozambique soars due to the war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the population continues to suffer widespread human rights violations. In our joint statement we called the Council’s attention to this urgent situation and called on Mozambique to comply with its international human rights obligations.

● Full statement (English)

Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation – Guatemala (14 September)

To Indigenous peoples in Guatemala, water and rivers are sacred and must be protected.  Yet environmental human rights defenders in the country are systematically repressed and criminalized. The lack of legislation recognizing the human right to water has led to the adoption of unconstitutional exploitative policies, contrary to international human rights standards. In a joint statement, we called on the Human Rights Council to urge Guatemala to address these legislative gaps, respect the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples, and investigate attacks against environmental defenders.

● Full statement (Spanish)

Item 2: General Debate – Indonesia (14 September)

In 2018, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad bin Hussein was invited to visit West Papua. However, despite ongoing negotiations, no such visit has happened to date. Meanwhile, the human rights situation in West Papua has continued to deteriorate. The ongoing conflict between Indonesian security forces and pro-independence armed groups has displaced an estimated 60.000 people. The freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly of Indigenous Papuans continue to be violated and the region remains closed to the international community. In this joint statement, we called on the High Commissioner to visit West Papua as a matter of urgency.

● Full statement (English)

Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on the report on human rights in Sri Lanka (12 September)

The unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka has generated a situation in which widespread violations of civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights are occurring. Franciscans International condemned the excessive use of force against peaceful protestors and the increasing number of reprisals against human rights defenders. We also expressed our concern about the government’s failure to deliver justice for the victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday Bombings. FI urged the Council to fully utilize its mandate under resolution 46/1 to strengthen the Sri Lanka Accountability Project while also considering establishing a new independent mechanism to complement this work and monitor the ongoing human rights violations.

● Full statement (English)

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