I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of (members of) the GoF of R2P. A list of co-sponsors is available on the Extranet.
Our Group has continuously emphasized the crucial role of the HRC in the prevention of atrocity crimes, which are often a result of long-standing violations of civil, political, economic, social or cultural rights. Country situations discussed during sessions of the Council oftentimes already experience or are at imminent risk of such crimes. Therefore, in addition to early warning and prevention, the HRC plays a critical role in responding to ongoing crises.
In this regard, Special Procedures play a vital role in highlighting situations at risk and providing concrete recommendations to both concerned states and the wider international community on necessary preventative or mitigative action.
Special Sessions and Urgent Debates by the HRC to address human rights emergencies and put in place measures to prevent further escalation are, among others, important to react in a timely and decisive manner to protect the concerned population and to help mobilize further action by other mechanisms and bodies.
In addition, the Council has established a variety of investigative mechanisms that are often tasked with clarifying the facts and circumstances of systemic violations and abuses. The work of FFMs and CoIs has also often resulted in follow-up action, providing essential contributions to processes of justice, accountability, and redress.
We therefore call upon all parties to uphold their Responsibility to Protect, investigate all human rights violations and abuses with a view to ensure accountability and limit the risk of future atrocities, and to fully cooperate with the Council and its mechanisms to ensure the promotion and protection of all human rights.