Explanation of Vote on Resolution L.12

A/HRC/35/L.12

Explanation of Vote by the United States of America
As Delivered by Jason Mack

Human Rights Council, 35th Session

The United States calls a vote on this resolution and will vote against it.

We regret that the sponsors of this resolution did not engage in meaningful consultation with all member states, including my own, before bringing this resolution forward.

We also regret that the sponsors have introduced controversial elements to this resolution, breaking the consensus this resolution has long enjoyed.

In particular, we take issue with preambular paragraph 5, which refers to a controversial declaration.

Our other serious concerns regarding this resolution, in particular with respect to technology transfer, as well as regarding “right to development,” will be addressed in the United States’ statement which will be delivered at the end of Item 3.