ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

The United Nations Human Rights Council held its thirty-fifth regular session from 6 to 23 June 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. During the three-week session, the Council heard the presentation of more than 80 thematic and country reports by more than 30 human rights experts and investigative bodies on a wide range of issues. It also held two panel discussions, its annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women, and its annual half-day thematic discussion on technical cooperation. UN Member States debated and passed resolutions on cross-cutting human rights issues and human rights situations in particular countries.

The detailed agenda of the session can be found here, further information on the thirty-fifth session can be foundhere, and the Adopted resolutions, decision and President’s statementhere.

Among the Key resolutions passed* by HRC Member States are Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women: engaging men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against all women and girls (sponsored by Canada), Elimination of discrimination against women and girls (sponsored by Mexico and Colombia) and Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage in humanitarian settings (sponsored by Sierra Leone, Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia, Honduras, Italy, Maldives, Montenegro, Poland, Switzerland, Uruguay, United Kingdom, Zambia).

The civil society also engaged with counteracing the resolution on Protection of the Family: Role of the family in supporting the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons that was put foward by Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia. The resolution is not fully in line with the international human rights standards and present a limited and narrow understanding of the role of family. Read more on AWID’s website here

Read the recap of the 35th HRC by Sexual Rights Initiative here