Resolution 51/23 (Human Rights and Transitional Justice) A/HRC/RES/51/23

7 October 2022

On 7 October the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution on human rights and transitional justice, which affirmed that impunity for gross violations and abuses of human rights and serious violations of International Humanitarian Law, including genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, encourages their recurrence and is an obstacle to sustainable peace at the national level. The resolution recognized the fundamental role of civil society in preventing genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, or in addressing their legacy by promoting the right to the truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. The resolution requested that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights prepare a report on lessons learned and good practices of transitional justice in the context of sustaining peace and of sustainable development, notably Sustainable Development Goal 16, and to present it to the HRC at its 58th session during an Enhanced Interactive Dialogue. The resolution also recognized that states have “the primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of all human rights, including the responsibility to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.” The resolution was adopted by consensus.

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