Special UN Human Rights Council session on eastern Congo

20.11.2008 - Press release

Along with its EU partners, Germany calls for a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in eastern Congo. This initiative is to be launched jointly with the African Union countries. The aim of the special session in Geneva will be to consider specific ways of improving the dire human rights situation in eastern Congo.

Günter Nooke, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, gave the following statement on this issue:

“By convening this special session, the Human Rights Council would meet its responsibility to quickly react to serious human rights violations. The terrible human rights crimes in eastern Congo, especially those committed against women and children, are unacceptable.”

The Human Rights Council is a major UN forum for dialogue and cooperation on human rights. It has a wide-ranging mandate to deal with human rights violations in individual countries and to make recommendations.

The Geneva Council may convene a special session if 16 of its 47 members request such a meeting.

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