is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Council’s mandate to respond to
country situations, but it could consolidate its engagement by demonstrating
2015 Voting Record
Montenegro 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, and co-sponsored a number of resolutions as well. It supported the joint statements on the situations in Bahrain and Egypt, and intervened in various country-specific debates. Montenegro also supported the calls to convene the special sessions on the Central African Republic and on Iraq.
Although not an EU member, Montenegro followed the same pattern of voting 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.
Montenegro should consolidate its support for country-specific action at the Council by adopting a greater leadership role in mobilizing other Council members to address new emerging or chronic situations of abuses.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
Montenegro supported all resolutions on country situations put to a vote under agenda items 2 and 4. Montenegro also signed the joint statements addressing the human rights situation of Bahrain and calling for the Syrian case to be referred to the ICC.
In 2013 Montenegro co-sponsored 14 country-specific resolutions focusing on situations in various regions of the world under agenda items 2, 4 and 10.
Montenegro 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.
Montenegro should consolidate its impressive engagement
in the Council’s work on country situations by increasing and diversifying its
participation in the country-specific debates and expanding its co-sponsorship
of country resolutions.