resumed its membership at the Council in 2014 and continued to demonstrate
strong support for country-specific action. It also played an active role in
negotiating several country resolutions.
Voting Record in 2016
Voting Record in 2015
France has one of the strongest voting records in favor of the Council’s mandate to address country situations. It 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. Along with the rest of the EU, France 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.
France was a key player in the lead-up to several resolutions addressed at the Council in 2014. It is part of the core group of states supporting the Syria resolutions, and it worked hard to support the adoption of resolutions on Mali, the Central African Republic and others.
Similarly, France co-sponsored a high number of country resolutions and intervened in almost all country-specific debates of the Council – although none under Item 7. In addition, France supported the calls to convene the special sessions on the Central African Republic and on Iraq.
Though France is already among the delegations that are most supportive of the Council’s mandate to address country situations, it could do more to mobilize members to take action on a broader range of situations that are not yet addressed by the Council.