31st session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, Feb. 29 – March 24, 2016)
France applauds the work carried out during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. On February 29, Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed the fundamental importance France ascribes to its role in promoting human rights worldwide. On this occasion, it announces France’s candidacy for a new term for the period of 2018-2020.
Forty resolutions or decisions were adopted. Working with its EU partners, France was particularly active on issues relating to human rights defenders and the prevention of torture. It supported the creation of a commission on human rights in South Sudan and the renewal of the terms of independent experts and special rapporteurs in areas such as counterterrorism, and the human rights situation in the Central African Republic, Mali, Haiti, Burma, North Korea, and Iran.
France also reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against impunity throughout the world by supporting the adoption of a new resolution on the human rights situation in Syria condemning forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and torture in the regime’s detention centers. This text also served to renew the mandate of the international commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in that country.