The U.N. Human Rights Council is poised to adopt a new resolution on Wednesday that would impose sanctions on nations that “have, or continue to engage in, gross or systematic violations of human rights.”
The move comes as Russia and China seek to bolster their position against the U.K. in the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
In addition to sanctions, the resolution calls on states to take measures to “take necessary steps to investigate, prosecute, and punish those responsible for serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including in the case of serious violations in the context of armed conflict.”
The U: Human Rights Committee will discuss the resolution during a meeting at the U.: Human Rights Organization in Geneva.
In response to Russia and Beijing’s claim that the resolution would create a new global regime of international law, the U: Commission of Inquiry said it was concerned that this is the kind of new international law that the council will introduce.
“In particular, we are concerned that such a regime could introduce a new mechanism that would effectively remove the jurisdiction of the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country of origin of any person, including refugees, in the eyes of international humanitarian standards,” said Joanna Bradbury, U.I.: Commission of Investigation’s coordinator for Europe.
“We believe that this new international human right regime will be an obstacle to the U., Russia and the Chinese on their international human mission,” Bradbury said.
U.U.H.: Commission is concerned with ‘a new global system of international legal principles’ The UU: Commission is also concerned that the new law could “increase the role of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and his/her mandate could be expanded beyond what the Commission of inquiry was prepared to do.”
Bradbury added that the “unfortunate consequences of the new international legal system would include the elimination of the independent human rights inquiry in the U, Russia and/or China.”
In the last few years, the United States has taken the lead in creating the Human Rights Principles and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
But the new UN Human Rights commission will be the first to bring these concepts into the public eye.
Bradbury called the new commission a “very welcome development,” but said that the UU and the UH: Commission were concerned that it would “impose a new international system of human-rights law on the world.”
“In the end, we fear that this will create a whole new system of legal principles, and it’s important to remember that the human right is an individual right, and not a universal right, like other rights,” Bradham said.
“This is a global human right.
The U is not alone.
We are also concerned about this new global legal system, and we are also very concerned about the consequences of this new system.”