Romania’s term at the Council ended in 2014. It remained a strong supporter of the Council’s mandate to address country situations, but failed to support an important joint statement on Egypt.
Romania voted in favor of all country-specific resolutions at the Council in 2014 under agenda Items 2, 4 and 10 on Syria, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Iran, Ukraine and Belarus, and it supported the Swiss-led joint statement expressing concern for the situation in Bahrain and calling for genuine cooperation with OHCHR in June 2014. Regrettably, Romania did not support the March 2014 joint statement on Egypt delivered by Iceland, despite the unprecedented government crackdown in the country.
Romania intervened during some country-specific debates of the Council, although fewer than other European countries. That said, it was one of the Council members that co-sponsored the highest number of country resolutions under Items 4 and 10.
Along with the rest of the EU, Romania 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 other two, including the resolution voted on during the Council’s July 2014 special session on Israeli military operations in Gaza. As Romania will rejoin the group of observer states in 2015, it should consolidate its engagement at the Council by reconsidering its position on the situation in Egypt, and adopting a greater leadership role to ensure the Council addresses new emerging or chronic situations of abuses.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
Romania voted in favor of all country resolutions put to the vote under agenda items 2 and 4, and supported the joint statements on Bahrain and Eritrea. Romania’s votes against the amendments aimed at improving the text of the Libyan resolution in March 2012 detract from this otherwise strong voting record.
Although Romania did not sign the joint statement calling for the Security Council to refer the Syrian case to the ICC in 2012, it did in 2013.
In 2012, Romania voted in favor of two out of five resolutions on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, abstaining on the three remaining resolutions. In 2013, Romania 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 2012 and 2013 Romania was among the most
active co-sponsors of country resolutions in the Eastern European Group,
co-sponsoring a total of 40 resolutions on a wide range of country situations
under agenda items 1, 2, 4 and 10. It also participated in several country-specific
debates of the Council. Romania should consolidate its engagement in the
Council by expanding its interventions in country-specific debates.