Djibouti’s membership in the Human Rights Council ended in 2012 on a mixed note. Djibouti’s voting record was poor within the African group, however Djibouti was among the African countries that co-sponsored the most country-specific resolutions in 2012. With Somalia, Djibouti also played a key role mobilizing the Council on Eritrea.

2012 Analysis

Djibouti voted in favor of all the Syria resolutions and all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. However, Djibouti abstained on all other country-specific resolutions (on Sri Lanka, Belarus and Iran). Djibouti also voted against amendments to improve the Libya resolution in March 2012, and did not sign the joint statements on Bahrain, country situations, and referral of the Syrian case to the ICC.

Djibouti co-sponsored 29 resolutions under agenda items 1, 4, 7 and 10. Djibouti played a key role mobilizing the Council to establish the Special Rapporteur's mandate on the human rights situation in Eritrea. The leadership demonstrated by Djibouti on Eritrea and its votes on Syria should be extended to other situations to avoid concerns over selectivity.

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012

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