2008 – EEUU votes against practically all resolutions ON WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

18 December 2008

full text here: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/ga10801.doc.htmGeneral AssemblyGA/10801

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-third General Assembly

Plenary

70th & 71st Meetings (AM & PM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 52 RESOLUTIONS, 6 DECISIONS RECOMMENDED BY THIRD COMMITTEE

ON WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

Texts Address, Among Others, Death Penalty Moratorium, Right to Development,

Religious Defamation, Human Rights in Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Updated texts on the right to development and the right to food were among 52 resolutions and 6 decisions adopted by the General Assembly today on the recommendation of its Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), aimed at strengthening international human rights norms, just as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enter its seventh decade.
Their adoption followed the Assembly’s approval on Human Rights Day of an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, also on the Third Committee’s recommendation.  Once in force, the Protocol will pave the way for the monitoring body for the Covenant, established in 1985, to consider complaints by individuals with respect to violations of those rights.  A similar mechanism for civil and political rights has existed since 1976, under the oversight of the Human Rights Committe

The Assembly then adopted the resolution without a vote.
ANNEX I
Vote on Report of Human Rights Council
The draft resolution on the report of the Human Rights Council (document A/63/435/Add.1) was adopted by a recorded vote of 121 in favour to 7 against, with 58 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States.
Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu.
Absent:  Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Seychelles, Tuvalu.
ANNEX II
Vote on Practices Fuelling Racism
The draft resolution on the inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance (document A/63/428) was adopted by a recorded vote of 129 in favour to 2 against, with 54 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Marshall Islands, United States.
Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Absent:  Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Seychelles.

ANNEX III
Vote on Mercenaries
The draft resolution on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights (document A/63/429) was adopted by a recorded vote of 125 in favour to 52 against, with 5 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Abstain:  Chile, Fiji, New Zealand, Switzerland, Tonga.
Absent:  Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Nauru, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu.

ANNEX IV
Vote on Self-Determination of Palestinian People
The draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (document A/63/429) was adopted by a recorded vote of 173 in favour to 5 against, with 7 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States.
Abstain:  Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Vanuatu.
Absent:  Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles.

ANNEX V
Vote on Geographical Distribution on Treaty Bodies
The draft resolution on equitable geographical distribution in the membership of human rights treaty bodies (document A/63/430/Add.1) was adopted by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to 55 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Abstain:  Brazil, Cape Verde.
Absent:  Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Seychelles.

ANNEX VI
Vote on Death Penalty Moratorium
The draft resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty (document A/63/430/Add.2) was adopted by a recorded vote of 106 in favour to 46 against, with 34 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, China, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United States, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
Abstain:  Bahrain, Belarus, Bhutan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cuba, Djibouti, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Togo, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zambia.
Absent:  Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Seychelles, Tunisia.

ANNEX VII
Vote on Combating Defamation of Religion
The draft resolution on combating defamation of religion (document A/63/430/Add.2) was adopted by a recorded vote of 86 in favour to 53 against, with 42 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Abstain:  Argentina, Armenia, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia.
Absent:  Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Solomon Islands.

ANNEX VIII
Vote on Globalization
The draft resolution on globalization and its impact on the full enjoyment of human rights (document A/63/430/A.2) was adopted by a recorded vote of 129 in favour to 54 against, with 4 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Abstain:  Brazil, Chile, Singapore, Timor-Leste.
Absent:  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Nauru, Seychelles.

ANNEX IX
Vote on Right to Development
The draft resolution on the right to development (document A/63/430/Add.2) was adopted by a recorded vote of 182 in favour to 4 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Marshall Islands, Palau, Ukraine, United States.
Abstain:  Canada, Israel.
Absent:  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Seychelles.

ANNEX X
Vote on Unilateral Coercive Measures
The draft resolution on human rights and unilateral coercive measures (document A/63/430/Add.2) was adopted by a recorded vote of 132 in favour to 54 against, with no abstentions, as follows:

Against:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Abstain:  None.
Absent:  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles.
ANNEX XI
Vote on Oral Amendment I to Extrajudicial Executions
The first oral amendment to the draft resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (document A/63/430/Add.2) was rejected by a recorded vote of 75 against to 71 in favour, with 22 abstentions, as follows:
Against:  Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.
Abstain:  Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Congo, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Rwanda, Timor-Leste, Tonga, United Republic of Tanzania.
Absent:  Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.
ANNEX XII
Vote on Oral Amendment II to Extrajudicial Executions
The second oral amendment to the draft resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (document A/63/430/Add.2) was rejected by a recorded vote of 78 against to 60 in favour, with 28 abstentions, as follows:
Against:  Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Abstain:  Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mongolia, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Togo, Tonga, United Republic of Tanzania.
Absent:  Central African Republic, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

ANNEX XIII
Vote on Extrajudicial Executions
The draft resolution on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions (document A/63/430/Add.2) was adopted by a recorded vote of 127 in favour to none against, with 58 abstentions, as follows:

Against:  None.
Abstain:  Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Absent:  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Turkmenistan.

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