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  • 2 March 2016

    Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski took part on Wednesday in the 31st session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva. Poland’s head of diplomacy held a speech during the High Level Segment.

    “The Human Rights Council plays a significant role in the United Nations system, as it is the only organ that focuses exclusively on promoting and protecting human rights,” Minister Waszczykowski said. He said that in the decade that it has been active, the Council has made a substantial contribution to the protection of human rights.
     
    “Freedom of religion and belief is one of the most fundamental human rights and has to be observed everywhere in the world,” Minister Waszczykowski said. During his address he also pointed to the difficult situation in Ukraine.

     

    “Recently we have also seen blatant violations of international law and sovereign territorial integrity in our immediate neighbourhood. This has had a significant effect on the human rights of entire societies, such as the Tatars in the Crimea who were illegally annexed by the Russian Federation as well as the population in Eastern Ukraine which has suffered from human violations as a result of continued military conflict,” he said.

     

     

    Minister Waszczykowski stressed that international law has to remain a pillar of international relations and the “use of force and illegal unilateral moves need to be condemned by the international community”. “Poland also condemns the violation of human rights by the so-called Islamic State (Daesh),” he added. Poland’s chief diplomat said that during this session of the Human Rights Council Poland would present a draft resolution on the issue of good governance with respect to the promotion and protection of human rights.
     
    As part of his visit to Geneva, Minister Waszczykowski also talked with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. The meeting covered the situation in Ukraine and the protection of ethnic and religious minorities. The Minister also assured the High Commissioner that he has Poland’s full support.  
     
    During his visit, Minister Waszczykowski met with the Foreign Minister of Mongolia, Lundeg Purevsuren, as well as his Colombian counterpart, María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar. Among the topics discussed by the minister was support for Poland’s UN Security Council candidacy for 2018-19. During his meeting with Minister Holguín, the Polish Foreign Minister invited young pilgrims from Colombia to take part in the World Youth Day held in Krakow. Minister Waszczykowski also met with Christian Dussey, the director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

     

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