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Jean Asselborn at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council

Published Tuesday March 01 2011

The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn participated on Tuesday, March 1st,  in the 16th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

In his speech before the Council, the Vice-Prime Minister referred to the progress noted in the promotion and protection of human rights, but also to the challenges that the United Nations Human Rights Council faces in the coming years. 
The Minister discussed the situation in Libya, as well as in several other Arab countries following the events that took place there. He welcomed the historical developments based on the values of democracy, freedom, social justice and respect for human rights, and called on Council members to accompany and support this democratic process, including a strengthening cooperation on the political, economic and social level.
The importance of special procedures, the fight against poverty in the world, the right to food and the fight for a universal abolition of capital punishment were other issues that the Minister mentioned in his speech.

Click do download Minister Asselborn's speech.

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