Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 39 - EU Intervention: Clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation and the Special Advisor on the prevention of genocide

Geneva, 14/09/2018 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 180917_13
Statements on behalf of the EU

39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 10 - 28 September 2018 EU Intervention: Clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation and the Special Advisor on the prevention of genocide

The EU warmly welcomes the new Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence to his first interactive dialogue and thanks him for his report.

The EU is a staunch supporter of transitional justice and the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. The EU was the first regional organisation to adopt in 2015 its own policy framework on transitional justice. For the EU addressing the legacy of past grievances is an essential element of conflict prevention, combatting impunity and for the achievement of sustainable peace.

The EU welcomes the focus in the report of the Special Rapporteur on victim participation and gender. Both areas are essential for meaningful transitional justice interventions that aim to be transformative. In this respect, the EU would like to ask the Special Rapporteur how he plans to integrate the views of civil society, especially at the grass roots level, in his work. To strengthen civil society in transitional justice processes is a priority for the EU.

The EU also welcomes back the Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide. The panel discussion commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention presented an occasion to reaffirm the convention’s relevance in today’s world. Prevention is above all a shared responsibility. In order to make the prevention mandate of this Human Rights Council more effective, States must join forces with the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the treaty bodies and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, which are all indispensable in the monitoring and identification of systemic violations of human rights.

The EU would like to ask the Special Adviser for his opinion on the role of accountability as a deterrent for the future commission of mass atrocity crimes, including genocide.  

In closing, please let me reiterate the importance the EU attaches to the mandates of the Special Rapporteur and the Special Adviser. Transitional justice processes that are transformative are of vital importance for the prevention of future mass atrocities, including genocide. We wish the mandate-holders all the best in the implementation of their mandates.

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