Situation of human rights in the Republic of Mali

July 2012

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The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant international human rights instruments, Recalling General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 5 March 2006 and Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007,

Reaffirming that all States are under an obligation to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Charter, the Universal Declaration, the international human rights covenants and other relevant international human rights instruments to which they are party,

Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Republic of Mali, Deeply concerned at the situation brought about by the occupation of the northern part of Mali by armed groups,

Noting with concern the human rights situation in northern Mali, the grave humanitarian situation and its consequences for the countries of the Sahel,

1. Welcomes the communiqués on the situation in Mali dated 6 April 2012 from the African Union, dated 23 March 2012, 3 April 2012 and 12 June 2012 from the African Union Peace and Security Council, and dated 6 June 2012 from the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), not least as regards their condemnation of the unilateral declaration of independence;

2. Condemns the human rights violations and acts of violence committed in northern Mali by the rebels, terrorist groups and other organized transnational crime networks, in particular the violence against women, the killings, hostage-takings, pillaging, theft and destruction of cultural sites;

3. Calls for an immediate halt to these human rights violations and acts of violence, and for strict respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms;

4. Supports current efforts by the African Union and ECOWAS to settle the crisis in Mali and bring about a definitive return to constitutional order, peace and security in Mali;

5. Emphasizes the need to facilitate access by the population to humanitarian aid, expresses appreciation for the humanitarian aid already supplied to needy population groups and urges the international community, in conjunction with the Malian transitional authorities and the neighbouring countries concerned, to continue to deliver appropriate humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced persons and respond to the challenges that the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel poses;

6. Invites the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor the human rights situation in the north of the Republic of Mali and to report thereon to the Council at its twenty-first session;

7. Decides to remain seized of this matter

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