a strong voting record during its membership in the Council, voting in favor of
all country resolutions put to a vote under items 2 and 4. However, Poland voted
against amendments to improve the Libya resolution in March 2012. Poland
supported the joint statements on Eritrea and Bahrain, as well as the statement
calling on the Security Council to refer the Syrian case to the ICC. Poland
also played a key role in putting Belarus on the agenda of the Council.
Poland voted in favor of two of the five resolutions on the human rights
situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, abstaining on the
three remaining resolutions. In 2013, Poland voted in favor of all 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 2012 and 2013 Poland co-sponsored a total of 42
country-specific resolutions on a wide range of country situations under agenda
items 1, 2, 4 and 10. Poland also intervened on a regular basis in the Council’s
country-specific debates. Poland's
positive role in the Council could be further enhanced if it exercised more
leadership mobilizing the Council to take up country situations that remain unaddressed,
as it did successfully on Belarus.