A majority of the countries in the UN Human Rights Council voted for a resolution on human rights, of which Norway was the initiator. The opposition was led by Russians.
The resolution advocates protection of the rights of people who are fighting to promote economic, social and cultural rights.
– With this resolution the international community brings recognition to environmental activists and those who fight for land rights, indigenous rights, the right to information and freedom of expression, said Foreign Minister Brende. He calls the resolution “the first of its kind.”
Dring the hard negotiations on the resolution more than 30 amendments were submitted. These were promoted by Russia. Each amendment was ultimately defeated.
– It is worrying that the proposal received 30 counterproposal which tried to clip its wings. At the same time this resistance shows how important it is that Norway continues to show leadership internationally to push for better protection for human rights defenders internationally , Brende says.
The countries that voted against the resolution, were Burundi, Cuba, China, Nigeria, Russia and Venezuela.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today