United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom returned as a member of the Human Rights Council in 2014 and has actively engaged in mobilizing the Council to respond to country situations.

Voting record in 2016

Voting Record in 2015

2014 Analysis

The United Kingdom 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. The UK also supported the joint statements on the situations in Egypt and Bahrain, in spite of the general failure of the UK to speak up in other fora against violations in Bahrain. Additionally it co-sponsored a high number of country-specific resolutions and participated in almost all debates on country situations in the Council – with the exception of those under Item 7. Moreover, it supported the calls to convene the special sessions on the Central African Republic and on Iraq.

The United Kingdom was an influential player in negotiating many country resolutions at the Council. It is part of the core group of states supporting the Syria resolutions, and it worked hard to strengthen other resolutions under various agenda items. The UK played a similarly instrumental role in the lead-up to establishing the international investigation into violations committed during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

The UK 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 two others, including the resolution voted on during the Council’s July 2014 special session on Israeli military operations in Gaza.

Though the UK is already a delegation supportive of the Council’s mandate to address country situations, it should adopt more of a leadership role in mobilizing the Council to take action on a broader range of situations that have not yet been addressed.

Voting record in 2014

Support for key joint statements in 2014