Czech Republic’s term at the Council ended in 2014. The Czech Republic is a
strong supporter of Human Rights Council’s action to respond to
country-specific situations; its positive role could be further enhanced if it
exercised leadership mobilizing the Council to address country situations that
The Czech Republic supported all country-specific resolutions put to a vote under the Council’s agenda Items 2, 4 and 10 on Syria, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Iran, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as the joint statements on the situations in Bahrain and Egypt. It demonstrated its support for country-specific action at the Council by co-sponsoring a large number of resolutions under Items 2, 4 and 10, and by participating in the majority of debates addressing country situations. Moreover, the Czech Republic signed calls to convene the special sessions on the Central African Republic and on Iraq.
Along with the rest of the EU, the Czech Republic voted in favor of four of the six resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). Regrettably, it abstained on the resolution voted on during the Council’s July 2014 special session on Israeli military operations in Gaza.
In spite of the Czech Republic’s principled support for Council action on country situations, it fell short of taking a leadership role to ensure that the Council addresses new emerging or chronic situations of abuses. As the Czech Republic will join the group of observer states in 2015, and in order to remain a relevant player at the Council, it should consolidate its engagement by assuming a greater leadership role in mobilizing action on situations that are not yet addressed by the Council.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
The Czech Republic voted in favor of all country-specific resolutions under Items 2 and 4. However the Czech Republic voted against the amendments that aimed at improving the text of the Libyan resolution in March 2012.
In 2012 the Czech Republic voted in favor of two resolutions on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. In 2013, the Czech Republic voted in favor of four of these resolutions.
The Czech Republic supported almost all the key joint statements on country situations, including on Eritrea, Bahrain and the statement calling for the Security Council to refer the Syrian case to the ICC. It was also among the most active co-sponsors of country resolutions in the Eastern European group, co-sponsoring a total of 39 resolutions on a wide range of country situations under agenda items 2, 4 and 10, in 2012 and 2013.
The Czech Republic participated in all country-specific
debates of the Council under agenda item 4 and many of the country-specific
discussions under agenda item 10 on technical cooperation.