Ireland successfully leads on championing Civil Society Space at UN Human Rights Council
06 July 2018
Ireland successfully leads on championing Civil Society Space at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Today at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Council adopted an Irish led resolution that championed Civil Society Space. Ireland worked very closely on the resolution with a core group of countries made up of Chile, Japan, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.
This resolution, which passed without amendment, highlights the need for a strong civil society in all countries so as to ensure the promotion of equality, accountability and the rule of law.
Speaking following its passage, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., said:
“I am delighted to see once again that Ireland has led on championing Civil Society Space at the relevant United Nations Bodies.
The promotion and protection of Civil Society Space is a foreign policy priority for Ireland. Across the world we are witnessing a retrenchment of civil society as it comes under increasing pressure through the stigmatisation, harassment and even criminalisation of civil society actors.
Only a week after we launched our bid for a seat on the UN Security Council 2021 – 2022, where we emphasised the centrality of empathy and partnership to Ireland’s approach to the UN, our team in Geneva demonstrated the state’s ability to listen and engage with others in a cordial and constructive manner so as to ensure that relevant concerns were addressed.
As a result of this resolution, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will now prepare a report for presentation to the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council, on progress made towards improved civil society engagement with international and regional organisations.
We look forward to hearing what this will say and how we can work with others to progress and protect civil society engagement across the world.”
06 July 2018