The UN Human Rights Council Adopted the Resolution  “Prevention of Genocide” 

  • by Western Armenia, April 05, 2024 in Politics

On April 3, at the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the resolution on  "Prevention of Genocide" presented by Armenia was adopted by consensus. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Based on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the biennial resolution draws the attention of UN member states to the risks of recurrence of this crime and the need to prevent them.

In the text of this year's resolution, taking into account contemporary challenges, important provisions on early warning and risks related to genocides have been added.

In particular, such risks include the use of armed conflicts to commit genocide and the inadmissibility of starving the civilian population as a prohibited means of waging war.

The resolution identifies impunity as a significant risk factor for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, emphasizing that it must be addressed through investigation, prosecution and punishment.

In this regard, the fact that the resolution specifically mentions the role of the International Court of Justice in matters of prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide is significant.

 The document envisages holding a panel discussion on the topic of early warning at the 58th session of the IHL.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is called upon to encourage the participation of both member states, UNSC Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, treaty bodies, special procedures, civil society, national human rights institutions, academia and the private sector in the event.

This initiative of Armenia is an important contribution to strengthening the international agenda for the prevention of genocides and mass crimes, proposing rights-centered approaches to modern challenges, and finding institutional solutions to the intersecting problems of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

It is also important to note that the "Prevention of Genocide" resolution presented by Armenia enjoys wide support. it is co-authored by the countries that are members of all five regional groups," the MFA reports.