Speech van de Nederlandse delegatie op de 30e sessie van de Mensenrechtenraad van de VN

Weblogbericht | 14-09-2015

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De Nederlandse interventie op item 2 van het programma van de 30e sessie van de Mensenrechtenraad:

HRC 30, 14 September 2015

intervention by the delegation of The Netherlands

Ambassador Roderick van Schreven

item 2: report of the High Commissioner


Mr President,

We align ourselves with the EU intervention.

The High Commissioner, committed as always, has laid out a number of concerns in his thoughtful statement.

The Council, now, must live up to its mandate and prove it is relevant in addressing such issues.

[migrants and refugees]

The Netherlands fully shares views as expressed by the High Commissioner and other dignitaries in their letter of 9 September, on the need for the whole international community to consistently protect, under human rights law, both refugees and migrants – who often flee war, human rights violations and extreme hardship. The Netherlands commends the increased role of the High Commissioner and asks whether this Council is adequately equipped by its current instruments, including the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on migrants.

[root causes]

We note that the 1993 Vienna document stresses both the right to apply for and enjoy asylum, and the responsibilities of states of origin.

Lack of progressive implementation of economic, social and cultural rights and outright violations of civil and political rights are root causes for voluntary as well as forced migration. Nobody should be forced to leave his or her country. This Council has time and again pointed to cases where people are oppressed by their own governments. Some delegations still maintain such qualifications are selective or pertain to internal affairs of countries. In the past for instance Syria has been shielded from international censuring, by delegations from the region and elsewhere. Violations of human rights, mr President, are not an internal matter, but are of international concern. The High Commissioner and this Council must use all instruments available: early warning, engaging governments, accountability and technical assistance.


The High Commissioner has an independent mandate to use his briefings, meetings, statements, press releases and visits for the cause of human rights. He has wide responsibility, to the international community and to victims of human rights violations all around the world.

[the future will judge us]

Mr President,

Sometimes, ministers of foreign affairs come to Geneva who have experienced oppression first hand, from previous governments. They have expressed gratitude for action taken but also expressed disappointment that the action of the UN had not met the expectations of their people or that it took a painfully long time to condemn violations. That notion should guide us: we are answerable to future governments. The compass of human rights is then the safest instrument to chart our course. It is a moral imperative, but also a pragmatic requirement in diplomacy: we should not embarrass ourselves in the eyes of future governments. And the people themselves will judge us in times to come.

[With that attitude we wish to embark upon the 30th session of the Council.]


Thank you Mr President.

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