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Human Rights Council 54th Session Outcomes

Below are selected provisions of resolutions of the 54th session of the Human Rights Council (September-October 2023) that are especially relevant to the Security Council's agenda.

Country-specific resolutions address Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. They are followed by some of the thematic resolutions of the session, addressing cooperation with the UN (reprisals), education for peace and tolerance, as well as truth, justice and reparation.

For each resolution below, toggle to show details (as in example of 54/1 Afghanistan).

All resolutions and voting results can be found here.

54/1 Afghanistan

  • Led by the EU.

  • Title: Situation of human rights in Afghanistan.

  • Adopted without a vote.

  • The previous resolution in September 2022 was adopted by a vote of 29-3 with 15 abstentions. China voted No.

  • Recalls the press statement issued by the Security Council on 24 May 2022 and statements by UN officials and experts, including the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict [PP9].

  • Expresses alarm at the findings of UNAMA in its report on extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations, and its report on the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan [PP11].

  • Recalls with grave concern the assessment of the Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan regarding the historical persecution of Hazaras and persons belonging to other ethnic and religious minorities, as well as his assessment (A/HRC/51/6, para 67) that attacks, frequently claimed by ISIL-Khorasan, appear to be systematic in nature and reflect elements of an organizational policy, thus bearing the hallmarks of international crimes, including crimes against humanity [PP15].

  • Notes the concerns about the situation of children, including recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups in hostilities and other violations of international law [PP16].

  • Requests the Special Rapporteur to present a report to the HRC at its 55th session (March 2024); a report on the institutionalized discrimination against women at its 56th session (June 2024); an oral update at its 57th session (September 2024); as well as a report to the GA's 79th session (October 2024) [OP22-23].

  • Requests the High Commissioner to present a report to the HRC on accountability options [OP27].

54/20 Burundi

54/31 CAR

54/34 DRC

54/30 Honduras

54/32 Somalia

54/2 Sudan

54/29 Yemen

54/24 Cooperation with the UN (reprisals)

54/5 Education for peace and tolerance

54/8 Truth, justice and reparation


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