Madam High Commissioner,
The Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR / CADH) commends this
special session which represents a test on the Council's ability
to tune into this crisis and to provide recommendations and
solutions in terms of respect and the promotion of human rights.
fallout of the global financial crisis threatens not only the
economic, social and cultural rights and the right to
development, but also civil and political rights.
have recently witnessed a resurgence of the frequency of
violations of fundamental rights of association, assembly and
expression, and a worrying decline in freedom of the press in
many parts of the world.
Peaceful demonstrations against high prices and unemployment
have been banned and the security forces fired live ammunition
on unarmed demonstrators, causing many deaths.
mention the rise of racism against immigrant workers, knowing
that this category is the first victim of arbitrary dismissal,
unemployment and marginalization. Immigration policies have been
tightened inhumanely, which led, in many cases, to serious
violations of the rights of immigrants, particularly in
administrative detention centers.
are also witnessing an upsurge in attacks against human rights
defenders and trade unionists in many countries.
regret that the draft resolution does not take sufficiently into
account the importance of civil and political rights, including
the inderogable rights in all circumstances.
proposed project makes no reference to the binding framework,
such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(ICCPR) International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights (ICESCR), the UN Convention against Corruption and the
conventions of the International Labor Organization.
delegate of Brazil said at the opening of the informal
consultations, that the crisis of the thirties led to a world
war, whereas the crisis of the Seventies gave birth to
dictatorships in Latin America .
What is required today is the search for the "best way" (Al
Aqwam masalik) to solve the current global financial crisis,
without falling into war or dictatorships.
we see no other way than the Human Rights Based Approach, Madam
High Commissioner kindly remembered this aspect this morning.
Finally, relating to the success of this special session, we
call for the extension of the session to allow for a better
Resolution at the height of the crisis, including stressing
respect for non-derogable rights under all circumstances, and
putting emphasis on Human Rights Based Approach.
Abdel Wahab Hani
Permanent Representative in Geneva