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The United Nations General Assembly approves Declaration on the Right to Peace

09 February 2017
Paz
For some years now, the PSI, along with 50 other civil society organisations, has participated in an international campaign to persuade the UN to formally agree that “the right to peace is a condition for a democratic and equitable order”. On 19 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly finally approved Resolution 71/189, adopting the Declaration on the Right to Peace proposed by the Human Rights Council.

Press release from the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos – AEDIDH)

[30 January 2017] On 19 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly approved Resolution 71/189, adopting the Declaration on the Right to Peace proposed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 32/28, of 1 July 2016

This concluded six years of preparatory work, which began at the Human Rights Council in 2010, when civil society organisations, led by the AEDIDH, proposed the Santiago Declaration on the Human Right to Peace of 10 December 2010 as a model.

The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (eighteen independent experts) approved the Declaration on the Right to Peace on16 April 2012 after two years of intense work in close collaboration with civil society. This Declaration included 85% of the provisions set out in the Santiago Declaration.

However, 474 civil society organisations have rejected the Declaration approved by the General Assembly, because it does not recognise either the human right to peace or its essential elements.

Neither does General Assembly Resolution 71/189 represent a consensus among states: it was approved with 131 votes for, 34 against and with 19 abstentions.

Moreover, the General Assembly is aware that there is scope for improving the Declaration and decided to discuss the right to peace again in 2018.

The AEDIDH and the Observatorio Internacional del Derecho Humano a la Paz are therefore calling on all civil society organisations to support the Santiago Declaration and to continue promoting the Declaration, which defends the interests of civil society, with the aim of persuading states to revise the approved Declaration on the Right to Peace in 2018.

More information on the AEDIDH website (in Spanish).

 

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