Resolutions and Voting Results of 34th HRC Session


Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions
Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/HRC/34/L.41 Rev.1)
Sponsor: Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, State of Palestine
Orally revised
Vote result: (vote called by the USA)

  • 36 Yes
  • 2 No (USA, Togo)
  • 9 Abstentions (Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, UK)

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Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (A/HRC/34/L.38)
Sponsor: Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, State of Palestine
Vote result: (vote called by the USA)

  • 30 Yes
  • 2 No (USA, Togo)
  • 15 Abstentions (Albania, Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, UK)

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Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (A/HRC/34/L.40)
Sponsor: Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, State of Palestine
Vote result: (vote called by the USA)

  • 41 Yes
  • 2 No (USA, Togo)
  • 4 Abstentions (Congo, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda)

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Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (A/HRC/34/L.39)
Sponsor: Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, State of Palestine
Vote result: (vote called by USA)

  • 43 Yes
  • 2 No (USA, Togo)
  • 2 Abstentions (Panama, Paraguay)

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Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/HRC/34/L.11)
Sponsor: Pakistan on behalf of the OIC
Vote result: (vote called by USA)

  • 26 Yes
  • 3 No (USA, UK, Togo)
  • 18 Abstentions (Belgium, Botswana, Congo, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Slovenia, Switzerland)

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Situation of human rights in South Sudan (A/HRC/34/L.34)
Sponsors: Albania, Paraguay, UK, USA
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (A/HRC/34/L.17)
Sponsors: Republic of Moldova, Sweden, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United States of America
Vote result: (vote called by Venezuela)

  • 22 Yes
  • 12 No (Burndi, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela)
  • 13 Abstentions (Brazil, Congo, Cote d’Ivorie, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia)

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The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (A/HRC/34/L.37)
Sponsors: France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UK and USA
Vote result: (vote called by Cuba)

  • 27 Yes
  • 7 No (Bolivia, Burundi, China, Cuba, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela)
  • 13 Abstentions (Bangladesh, Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia)

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Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (A/HRC/34/L.23)
Sponsors: Japan, Malta on behalf of the European Union
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Non-Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions
Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A/HL.1RC/34/L.1)
Sponsor: Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Cooperation with Georgia (A/HRC/34/L.13)
Sponsor: Georgia
Vote result: (vote called by Venezuela)

  • 18 Yes
  • 5 No
  • 24 Abstentions

Technical assistance and capacity-building to improve human rights in Libya (A/HRC/34/L.18)
Sponsor: Tunisia on behalf of the African Group
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Technical assistance and capacity-building for Mali in the field of human rights (A/HRC/34/L.19)
Sponsor: Tunisia on behalf of the African Group
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Situation of human rights in Myanmar (A/HRC/34/L.8/Rev.1)
Sponsors: Malta on behalf of the European Union
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Positive Thematic Resolutions
Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (A/HRC/34/L.5)
Sponsor: Norway
Orally revised
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Six amendments had been submitted, two of which were withdrawn. The four submitted by Russia sought to remove the phrase “human rights defenders” and water down the mandate of the Special Rapporteur; all four amendments were rejected. 
Human rights of migrants: mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (A/HRC/34/L.36)
Sponsor: Mexico
Orally Revised
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Freedom of opinion and expression: mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (A/HRC/34/L.27)
Sponsor: USA
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues (A/HRC/34/L.6)
Sponsor: Austria, Senegal, Slovenia
Vote result: Adopted without a vote

The right to privacy in the digital age (A/HRC/34/L.7/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Austria, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Freedom of Religion or belief (A/HRC/34/L.15)
Sponsor: Malta on behalf of the European Union
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Human rights, democracy and the rule of law (A/HRC/34/L.20)
Sponsor: Morocco, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, Romania, Tunisia
Orally Revised

Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Amendment: (A_HRC_34_L.52)
 
Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment: safeguards to prevent torture during police custody and pretrial detention (A/HRC/34/L.32)
Sponsor: Denmark
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Counterproductive Thematic Resolutions
Human rights and unilateral coercive measures (A/HRC/34/L.14)
Sponsor: Venezuela on behalf of NAM
Vote result: (vote called by Germany)

  • 32 Yes
  • 14 No
  • 0 Abstentions

Mandate of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (A/HRC/34/L.29/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Tunisia on behalf of the African Group
Vote result: (vote Called by USA)

  • 46 Yes
  • 1 No (USA)
  • 0 Abstentions

Effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of all human rights (A/HRC/34/L.9)
Sponsors: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia
Vote result: 

  • 28 Yes
  • 15 No
  • 4 Abstentions

Amendment proposed by South Africa that would have stated that groups which are engaged in “legitimate struggles for self-determination and statehood” should not be associated with terrorism.
The right to food (A/HRC/34/L.21)
Sponsor: Cuba
Orally revised
Vote result: (vote called by USA)

  • 45 Yes
  • 1 No (USA)
  • 1 abstention

Mandate of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (A/HRC/34/L.3)
Sponsor: Cuba
Vote result: (vote called by UK) 

  • 31 Yes
  • 16 No (UK, Brazil)
  • 0 Abstentions

Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity (A/HRC/34/L.2)
Sponsor: Cuba
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief (A/HRC/34/L.10)
Sponsors: Pakistan on behalf of the OIC and Turkey
Vote result: Adopted without a vote 
The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights, and the importance of improving international cooperation (A/HRC/34/L.16/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia on behalf of the African Group
Vote result: (vote called by USA)

  • 30 Yes
  • 1 No (USA)
  • 16 abstentions

Other Resolutions
Adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context (A/HRC/34/L.12)
Sponsors: Brazil, Finland, Germany and Namibia
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Right to work (A/HRC/34/L.22)
Sponsors: Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico and Romania
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
One amendment had been submitted by South Africa, but this was withdrawn.
Question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights (A/HRC/34/L.4/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Portugal
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Human rights and the environment (A/HRC/34/L.33)
Sponsors: Costa Rica, Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland
Orally Revised
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law (A/HRC/34/L.24)
Sponsor: Mexico, Turkey
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Rights of the Child: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/HRC/34/L.25)
Sponsor: Malta on behalf of the European Union, Uruguay on behalf of GRULAC
Orally Revised
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
2 Amendments had been submitted but were withdrawn.
 
Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights (A/HRC/34/L.26/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Armenia, Belgium, Mexico
Vote Result: Adopted without a vote
Establishment of a forum on people of African descent (A/HRC/34/L.28/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Tunisia on behalf of African Group
Vote result: Adopted without a vote 
Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance (A/HRC/34/L.30)
Sponsor: Tunisia on behalf of African Group
Vote result: Adopted without a vote
Elaboration of complementary standards to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (A/HRC/34/L.31/Rev.1)
Sponsor: Tunisia on behalf of the African Group
Vote result: (vote called by USA)

  • 31 Yes
  • 4 No
  • 12 Abstentions

Promoting the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/34/L.35)
Sponsor: Barbados, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey
Orally Revised
Vote result: Adopted without a vote

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