Human Rights Council – 51st Session
Item 10: Enhanced interactive dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on technical cooperation and capacity-building for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines
Statement by Iceland
Thank you, Mr President.
We would like to express our deep appreciation for the invaluable work of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Resident Coordinator together with the Government to achieve a first of its kind framework in the UN Joint Programme.
As Iceland had been a vocal critic of the Philippine’s human rights record it is important that the Joint Programme addresses the issues raised in the previous High Commissioner’s report and resolution 45/33 jointly submitted by the Philippines and Iceland.
The briefing today underlines that important steps and progress have been made since the Programme came into effect, as well as further steps that we trust will be taken to fully implement the Joint Programme.
We emphasize the importance of its full implementation and particularly note the recommendations made by the Office of the High Commissioner and the Resident Coordinator in this regard. We encourage the Government to take them onboard.
We particularly welcome the recommendation for OHCHR to produce a follow-up report to evaluate the impact of the Programme and look forward to the Government and Resident Coordinator continuing to keep the Council up to date on the Programme’s implementation.
I thank you.