Uruguay ended its term on the Council in 2012. Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre of Uruguay was president of the Council from June 2011 until December 2012 and managed her chairmanship with skill and commitment. In particular Ambassador Dupuy made considerable efforts to protect the space for civil society at the Council. Although Uruguay supported the Council's action on several country situations it could further enhance its overall support for the Council's mandate to address situations of violations.

2012 Analysis

Uruguay had an overall good voting record on country situations, voting in favor of the resolution on accountability in Sri Lanka and all the resolutions on the Syrian crisis. Uruguay also supported the amendments that would have improved the text of the resolution on human rights in Libya in March 2012. However, Uruguay abstained on the votes on Iran and Belarus. Although Uruguay signed on to the joint statement on addressing country situations at the Council, in 2012 it did not to sign on to the key joint statements on Eritrea, Bahrain and Security Council referral of the Syrian situation to the ICC. Uruguay subsequently joined the ICC referral statement and the statement on the human rights situation in Bahrain as an observer state in March 2013.

Uruguay voted in favor of all but one of the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

In 2012, Uruguay was one of only five members of the Council that did not co-sponsor any country specific resolution.

Uruguay admirably participated in several of the country-specific debates of the Council and made important contributions. Uruguay's hesitancy to consistently support the Council's mandate to respond to violations was disappointing. Uruguay should reassess its approach.

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012

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