INCOMPREHENSION AT UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL'S...
Date 2008/10/7 18:01:00 | Topic: Acts
|INCOMPREHENSION AT UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL'S |
REFUSAL TO NAME SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR
Reporters Without Borders is baffled by the
United Nations Human Rights Council's rejection
on 23 September of a draft resolution for the
appointment of a special rapporteur on the human
rights situation in Turkmenistan. The resolution
was proposed by the European Union, Canada,
Switzerland and Uruguay.
"We express our total incomprehension at the UN's
inability to establish a mechanism for monitoring
human rights in Turkmenistan," Reporters Without
Borders said. "This is one of the world's most
repressive countries and it is vital to put
pressure on the authorities to improve the
situation of human rights and press freedom."
The Human Rights Council held an initial meeting
behind closed doors on 15 September to look at
the question of human rights in Turkmenistan. It
met again on 23 September to consider the
proposal to name an expert, and rejected it. No
member of the council made any comment. As the
council has no spokesperson, it is customary to
regard its votes as a statement of its position.
Turkmenistan was ranked 167th out of 169
countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders
world press freedom index and its president,
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, is on the Reporters
Without Borders list of press freedom predators
and Internet enemies.
The press freedom organisation is very concerned
about journalist Annakurban Amanklychev and human
rights activist Sapardurdy Khajiyev, who have
been held in Turkmenbashi prison since 2006. They
are serving seven-year sentences for helping a
French TV producer prepare a report on
The UN Human Rights Council was created on 15
March 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human
Rights. The council is a permanent body with 47
member countries that are elected for three-year
terms by the UN General Assembly. An absolute
majority is needed to be elected.