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Luxembourg participates in the open debate of the Security Council on the promotion and strengthening of rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security

Published Thursday January 19 2012

In her intervention at the open debate of the Security Council, the Permanent representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, emphasized the essential role of United Nations action at the service of rule of law, which is indispensable to the maintenance of international peace and security. During and after conflicts, it is essential to assist countries to re-establish the rule of law by upholding the principle of accountability, providing assistance to victims, strengthening the normative framework of transitional justice, and restoring citizens’ confidence in their justice and security institutions.

The Permanent representative recalled the increasingly active role played by the Security Council in promoting the rule of law, welcoming in particular the support to the rule of law and transitional justice in the mandate of many special political missions and peacekeeping missions, as well as the increased participation of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Council’s deliberations. In order to maintain the legitimacy and effectiveness of the Council's action in this field, it is thus all the more essential that the Security Council itself, in the conduct of its work, adheres to the fundamental principles of the rule of law.

Concerning Luxembourg's commitment to the rule of law, Ambassador Lucas particularly highlighted its engagement with the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, the experience of which shows that lasting peace cannot be achieved without the implementation of the principles underlying the rule of law: universal access to justice and equality before it, maintenance and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of each individual, primacy of law and fight against corruption. The Permanent Representative also recalled the contribution that Luxembourg has for a number of years given to the activities the United Nations in the field of rule of law.

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