U.S. Explanation of Vote on Resolution on Right to Peace

Right to Peace – Promotion of the Right to Peace
Explanation of Vote Against
Human Rights Council 30 – Geneva
October 1, 2015

We would like to thank the delegation of Costa Rica, including its former Deputy Permanent Representative here in Geneva, Ambassador Christian Guillermet-Fernandez, for its constructive, consensus seeking approach while leading the HRC’s working group for three years on this difficult issue.  The United States participated actively in the Working Group in order to try to find a constructive path forward on a declaration that affirms the relationship between human rights and peace.  Despite the best efforts of many participants over the years, we have not been able to reach agreement on a shared outcome.  Although peace and human rights are important to us all, our concerns about this resolution’s topic, which we have made well known, require us to vote against this resolution.