Geneva:(Agencies: 27/3/2010): The Human Rights Council closed its thirteenth regular session this afternoon, adopting 28 texts on a wide range of issues, including adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, in the context of mega-events; the human rights of persons with disabilities; the protection of human rights defenders; the role and responsibility of judges, prosecutors and lawyers with regard to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; the fight against sexual violence against children; on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; on the grave human rights violations by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; combating defamation of religions; and the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By virtue of the texts adopted, the Council established a committee of independent experts to monitor proceedings by both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side with regard to investigations into the serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reported by the Council’s Fact-Finding Mission.
The Council also extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and prolonged the mandate of the Working Group on the on an optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to provide a communications procedure until the Council’s seventeenth session.
It further extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar for one year.
The Council also undertook a review of human rights situations that required its attention, hearing presentations of reports by Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and in Myanmar, which were debated by the Council.