is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Council’s mandate to respond to
country situations, but it could consolidate its engagement by assuming more of
a leadership role.
2015 Voting Record
Estonia has an excellent voting record in favor of country-specific actions at the Council. It continued to support all country resolutions and co-sponsored a very high number of resolutions under agenda Items 2, 4 and 10 on Syria, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Iran, Ukraine and Belarus. It also supported the joint statements on the situations in Bahrain and Egypt. Furthermore, Estonia contributed to an important number of country-specific debates and signed calls to convene the special sessions on the Central African Republic and on Iraq.
Along with the rest of the EU, Estonia 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.
Despite its excellent voting record, Estonia limited its action at the Council to supporting initiatives championed by others. Instead, it should consolidate its engagement by taking assuming a 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
Estonia registered a strong voting record, supporting all country-specific resolutions that were put to the vote at the Human Rights Council under agenda items 2 and 4. Estonia also signed the joint statement calling for the Syrian case to be referred to the ICC, and the joint statements expressing concern on the human rights situation of Bahrain.
Estonia voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, except the resolution on the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan on which it abstained.
In 2013 Estonia co-sponsored 12 country-specific resolutions under agenda items 2, 4 and 10.
Estonia engaged in some of the country-specific
debates of the Council. Its participation in such debates and its
co-sponsorship of country-specific resolutions could be further expanded to
consolidate the promising start of its membership in the Council.