the last year of its membership term in 2014, Chile continued to demonstrate a
principled and non-selective approach in support of the Council’s action on country
resolutions. As an observer next year, Chile should assume a stronger
leadership role in mobilizing other countries to ensure that the Council
addresses country situations that remain off the agenda.
Chile has among the strongest records in support of country resolutions within the Latin-American group and within the Council overall. It voted in favor of all country resolutions under agenda Items 2, 4, 7 and 10 – including the resolutions on Syria, Ukraine, Iran and Sri Lanka. Chile voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). It rejected a hostile non-action motion presented by Pakistan to adjourn the vote on the Sri Lanka resolution.
Though Chile was a core supporter of the Swiss-led joint statement on Bahrain, it failed to sign the March 2014 statement on the unprecedented government repression in Egypt.
Chile co-sponsored some Item 4 resolutions, including on North Korea and Syria, and signed the calls to convene the three special sessions held by the Council in 2014. Additionally, Chile took the floor during some of the country-specific debates at the Council, including on Syria, North Korea, the OPT and Haiti.
Notably, Chile led a group of four Latin-American countries to successfully present a landmark resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity in September 2014.
Chile enjoys a solid reputation as a non-selective actor, putting it in a strong position to address accusations of double-standards by other countries within the Council. As it joins the group of observer states in 2015, it should consolidate its level of engagement and commitment by taking a greater leadership role in mobilizing action on situations that are not yet addressed at the Council.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
Chile voted in favor of all the country-specific resolutions put to the vote, as well as the amendments made to improve the resolution on Libya in March 2012. Chile was a signatory of all the joint statements expressing concern about the human rights situation in Bahrain. However, Chile did not sign the joint statement on Eritrea. Chile did sign the 2013 statement calling on the Security Council to refer the Syrian situation to the ICC, although it did not join the statement on this issue in 2012.
Chile voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
In 2012 and 2013, Chile
co-sponsored a total of nine country specific resolutions under agenda item 4, all
but one (on Iran) focusing on Syria. Similarly with the exception of the
statements it made on Syria, Chile rarely contributed to debates on country-specific
situations. Chile’s engagement could be enhanced by broadening its
co-sponsorship of country specific resolutions and engaging more in country-specific