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Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1998, Appendix F

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 26, 1999.

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Appendix F: 54th UNHCR Voting Record

The following resolutions were adopted without a vote (by consensus) at the 53rd session of the UN Commission on Human Rights:

1998/5.

Question of Western Sahara

1998/7.

Question of a draft declaration on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and organs of society to promote and protect universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms

1998/9.

Status of the International Covenants on Human Rights

1998/10.

Fiftieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

1998/13.

Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

1998/14.

Working group of the Commission on Human Rights to elaborate a draft declaration in accordance with paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 49/214 of 23 December, 1994

1998/15.

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

1998/16.

Migrants and human rights

1998/17.

Violence against women migrant workers

1998/18.

Implementation of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief

1998/19.

Rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities

1998/20.

A permanent forum for indigenous people in the United Nations system

1998/21.

Tolerance and pluralism as indivisible elements in the promotion and protection of human rights

1998/22.

Assistance to Guatemala in the field of human rights

1998/23.

The right to food

1998/26.

Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

1998/27.

Effective implementation of international instruments on human rights, including reporting obligations under international instruments on human rights

1998/28.

Work of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities

1998/29.

Minimum humanitarian standards

1998/30.

Traffic in women and girls

1998/31.

Human rights of persons with disabilities

1998/32.

Privatization of prisons

1998/34.

Question of a draft optional protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

1998/35.

Independence and impartiality of the judiciary, jurors and assessors and the independence of lawyers

1998/36.

Human rights and forensic science

1998/37.

United Nations staff

1998/38.

Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

1998/39.

Human rights in the administration of justice, in particular of children and juveniles in detention

1998/40.

Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances

1998/41.

Question of arbitrary detention

1998/42.

Right to freedom of opinion and expression

1998/43.

The right to restitution, compensation and rehabilitation for victims of grave violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms

1998/44.

Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asian and Pacific region

1998/45.

United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education

1998/48.

Human rights and arbitrary deprivation of nationality

1998/49.

Human rights and mass exoduses

1998/50.

Internally displaced persons

1998/51.

Integrating the human rights of women throughout the United Nations system

1998/52.

The elimination of violence against women

1998/53.

Impunity

1998/54.

Towards a culture of peace

1998/55.

National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights

1998/56.

Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1998/57.

Advisory services, technical cooperation and the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

1998/58.

Situation of human rights in Haiti

1998/59.

Assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights

1998/60.

Situation of human rights in Cambodia

1998/63.

Situation of human rights in Myanmar

1998/66.

Cooperation with representatives of United Nations human rights bodies

1998/68.

Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

1998/69.

Situation of human rights in Rwanda

1998/70.

Situation of human rights in Afghanistan

1998/71.

Situation of human rights in Equatorial Guinea and assistance in the field of human rights

1998/72.

The right to development

1998/73.

Hostage-taking

1998/74.

Human rights and thematic procedures

1998/76.

Rights of the child

1998/77.

Conscientious objection to military service

1998/78.

Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

1998/81.

Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights

1998/82.

Situation of human rights in Burundi

1998/83.

Question of resources for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the human rights activities of the United Nations

1998/84.

Restructuring of the agenda of the Commission on Human Rights

 

The following resolutions were adopted by vote at the 53rd session of the Commission on Human Rights (letter designations refer to the vote chart):

A. 1998/1.

Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine (adopted 31-1-20)

B. 1998/2.

Human Rights in the occupied Syrian Golan (adopted 33-1-19)

C. 1998/4.

Situation in occupied Palestine (adopted 34-1-18)

D. 1998/6.

The use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination (adopted 35-9-8)

E. 1998/8.

Question of the death penalty (adopted 26-13-12)

F. 1998/11.

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures (adopted 37-7-8)

G. 1998/12.

Adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights (adopted 33-14-6)

H. 1998/25.

Human rights and extreme poverty (adopted 51-1-0)

I. 1998/46.

Composition of the staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (adopted 36-16-1)

J. 1998/61.

Situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (adopted 28-7-18)

K. 1998/62.

Human rights situation in southern Lebanon and the western Bekaa (adopted 52-1-0)

L. 1998/64.

Situation of human rights in Nigeria (adopted 28-9-16)

M. 1998/65.

Situation of human rights in Iraq (adopted 32-0-21)

N. 1998/67.

Situation of human rights in Sudan (adopted 31-6-16)

O. 1998/75.

Abduction of children from northern Uganda (adopted 24-1-27)

P. 1998/79.

Situation of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (adopted 41-0-12)

Q. 1998/80.

Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (adopted 23-14-16)

 

The following resolutions were voted by a show of hands rather than by roll call votes:

At the request of the representative of the United States of America, a vote by show of hands was taken on resolution 1998/3, Israeli settlements in the occupied Arab territories, which was adopted by 51 votes to 1 with no abstentions. The U.S. voted against the resolution.

At the request of the representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a vote by show of hands was taken on resolution 1998/24, Effects on the full enjoyment of human rights of the economic adjustment policies arising from foreign debt and, in particular, on the implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development, which was adopted by 27 votes to 16, with 9 abstentions. The U.S. voted against the resolution.

At the request of the representative of the United States of America, a vote by show of hands was taken on resolution 1998/33, Question of the realization in all countries of the economic, social, and cultural rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and study of special problems which the developing countries face in their efforts to achieve these human rights, which was adopted by 52 votes to 1 with no abstentions. The U.S. voted against the resolution.

At the request of the representative of the United States of America, a vote by show of hands was taken on resolution 1998/47, Human rights and terrorism, which was adopted by 33 votes to none, with 20 abstentions. The U.S. abstained.

1998: 54th CHR

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q
ARGENTINA A Y A A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
AUSTRIA A A A N Y A A Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
BANGLADESH Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y A Y A A A Y Y N
BELARUS A Y Y A Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y A A A
BHUTAN Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y A Y A Y A A Y N
BOTSWANA Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y A Y A Y Y Y Y Y
BRAZIL Y A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
CANADA A A A N Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
CAPE VERDE Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A A Y A A A
CHILE Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
CHINA Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N A N A A N
CONGO Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N A A A A N
CUBA Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y N Y N A N Y A N
CZECH REPUBLIC A A A A Y A N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
DEM. REP. OF CONGO Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y A A A Y A A
DENMARK A A A N Y A N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
ECUADOR A A A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
EL SALVADOR A A A Y A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
FRANCE A A A A Y A N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
GERMANY A A A N Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
GUATEMALA A A A Y A Y A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
GUINEA Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y A Y N A A A A N
INDIA Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y A Y A A N A A N
INDONESIA Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N A N Y Y N
IRELAND A A A A Y A A Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
ITALY A A A A Y A N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
JAPAN A A A N N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
LUXEMBOURG A A A N Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
MADAGASCAR Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y A Y A A A A A A
MALAYSIA Y Y Y Y N Y A Y Y A Y A A A A Y N
MALI Y Y Y Y - - Y Y Y A Y N A A A Y N
MEXICO Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y A Y Y A Y A
MOROCCO Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y A Y A A A - Y N
MOZAMBIQUE Y Y Y Y - Y Y Y Y A Y A A A A Y A
NEPAL Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y A A A Y Y A
PAKISTAN Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y A Y N A N Y Y N
PERU Y A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
PHILIPPINES Y Y Y Y A Y A Y Y A Y A A A A Y N
POLAND A A A N Y A N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
REPUBLIC OF KOREA Y Y Y A N N A Y A Y Y Y Y Y A Y A
RUSSIA A Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y
RWANDA Y Y Y Y N Y Y - Y N Y N A A Y A A
SENEGAL Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y A Y A Y A A Y A
SOUTH AFRICA Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A
SRI LANKA Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y A Y A A A A A A
SUDAN Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y A Y N A N N Y N
TUNISIA Y Y Y - A Y Y Y Y A Y A A A A Y A
UGANDA Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y A
UKRAINE A A A A Y A N Y N Y Y Y Y Y A Y A
UNITED KINGDOM A A A N Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
UNITED STATES N N N N N N N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
URUGUAY A A A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y A
VENEZUELA - Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
Y = Yes N = No A = Abstention - = Absent

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