Resolutions and Voting Results of 26th HRC Session

Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions:
The continuing grave deterioration in the human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (A/HRC/26/L.4)
Sponsors: UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, USA, Jordan, Qatar, France, Kuwait, Italy
Orally revised  to reflect the role of chemical weapons in Syria
Vote Result: 32 in favor, 5 against (Algeria, Russia, Cuba, China, Venezuela), 9 abstentions (India, Ethiopia, Pakistan).
Situation of human rights in Eritrea (A/HRC/26/L.6)
Sponsor: Somalia
Result: Adopted without a vote  as orally revised. (China, Pakistan and Venezuela disassociated from consensus.)
Situation of human rights in Belarus (A/HRC/26/L.14)
Sponsor: Greece on behalf of the European Union
Vote Result: 24 in favor, 7 against (Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Viet Nam),  16 abstentions
Non-Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions:

Technical and capacity- building assistance for South Sudan in Human Rights (A/HRC/26/L.32)
Sponsor: South Sudan
Result: Adopted without a vote.
Cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights (A/HRC/26/L.15)
Sponsor: Ukraine
Vote Result as orally revised: 23 in favor, 4 against (China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela), 19 abstentions
Renforcement de capacités et cooperation technique avec la Côte d’Ivoire dans le domaine des droits de l’homme (A/HRC/26/L.39)
Sponsor: Ethiopia for the African Group
Result: Adopted without a vote.

Positive Thematic Resolutions:

The question of the death penalty (A/HRC/26/L.8/Rev.1)
Sponsors: Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Switzerland
Vote Result:  29 in favor, 10 against (Botswana, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE), 8 abstentions (Cuba, Kenya, Maldives, Morocco, South Korea, Russia, USA, Vietnam).
A series of amendments (L. 34, L. 35, L. 36), introduced by China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Singapore, Egypt, India, Sudan, Pakistan and others, sought to weaken the text but were each rejected by a vote.
Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (A/HRC/26/L.18)
Sponsors: Hungary, Thailand, Australia, Botswana, Maldives, Mexico
Result: Adopted without a vote.
Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (A/HRC/26/L.23)
Sponsor: Sweden
Result: Adopted without a vote
The promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet (A/HRC/26/L.24)
Sponsors: Brazil, Tunisia, Nigeria, Turkey, Sweden, USA
Result: Adopted without a vote as orally revised.
China introduced an oral amendment which was defeated by a vote of 15 in favor, 20 against, 4 abstentions.
Accelerating efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women (A/HRC/26/L.26/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Canada
Result: Adopted without a vote.
Presidential statement on terrorist attacks  (A/HRC/26/L.40)
Sponsor: Ethiopia for the African Group
The resolution was finally withdrawn. 
Counter-productive Thematic Resolutions:
Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev. 1) Orally amended. 
Sponsors: Ecuador, South Africa
Vote Result: 20 in favor, 14 against (EU, USA, South Korea, Japan), 13 abstentions
Promotion and protection of the human rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (A/HRC/26/L.13)
Sponsors: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, South Africa
Vote Result (as orally revised): 29 in favor, 5 against, 13 abstentions.
Mandate of the independent expert on human rights and international solidarity (A/HRC/26/L.16)
Sponsor: Cuba
Vote Result: 33 in favor, 14 against (EU, Japan, South Korea, USA), 0 abstentions
Protection of the family (A/HRC/26/L.20/Rev.1),
Sponsors: Egypt, Russia, Qatar, Namibia, El Salvador, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, China, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Uganda
Vote Result: 26 in favor, 14 against (EU, Japan, South Korea, USA, Chile), 6 abstentions (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Macedonia, Peru) and 1 absent (Cuba)
An amendment, proposed by Ireland, Chile, Uruguay and France, aimed to make the definition of the family more inclusive. However, Russia and China succeeded in a motion of “no action” by a vote of 22 in favor, 20 against (EU, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay), 4 abstentions (Gabon, Maldives, Philippines, Vietnam) and 1 absent (Cuba). Saudi Arabia and Pakistan subsequently withdrew their amendment, which had very narrow language defining families and it was meant to counter the more inclusive one.
Human rights and the regulation of civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms (A/HRC/26/L.27)
Sponsors: Peru, Ecuador
Vote Result: 44 in favor, 0 against, 3 abstentions (USA, UAE, Macedonia)

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