October 3, 2013
Ethiopia has abstained from voting on the action on Resolution on Cooperation with the United Nations, its Representatives and Mechanisms in the Field of Human Rights.
In a resolution (A/HRC/24/L.17/Rev.1)OpenElement on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights, adopted by a vote of 31 in favour, 1 against and 15 abstentions, as orally revised,
The Council reaffirms the right of everyone to unhindered access to and communication with international bodies; and urges States to take all appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of intimidation or reprisals.
The Council requests the Secretary-General to designate a United Nations-wide senior focal point to engage with all stakeholders, in particular Member States, to promote the prevention of, protection against and accountability for reprisals and intimidation related to cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms, and to encourage a prompt and effective unified response to such acts;
Requests all representatives and mechanisms of the United Nations to continue to include in their respective reports to the Council or to the General Assembly a reference to credible allegations of intimidation or reprisal, as well as an account of action they have taken in this regard.
The result of the vote was as follows:
In favour (31): Argentina, Austria, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Libya, Maldives, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and United States.
Against (1): Gabon. ( Later apologised for mistaken against vote and said they want to recored a YES vote.- SLB)
Abstentions (15): Angola, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritania, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
Separate votes were held on amendments to the resolution – L.40, L.41, L.43, L.44, L.46, L.47 and L.48 and on a paragraph – and they were all rejected.