Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Commission on Human Rights resolution 1997/68


The Commission on Human Rights,

Recalling GeneralAssembly resolution48/141 of 20December 1993, establishing the mandate of the UnitedNations High Commissioner for Human Rights for the promotion and protection of all human rights,

Reaffirming its commitment to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in June1993 (A/CONF.157/23),

Recalling its resolution1996/78 of 23April1996, in which it requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to report to the Commission about the measures taken and the progress made in the implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,

Noting the decisive and important role played by the High Commissioner, in accordance with GeneralAssembly resolution48/141, in order to remove the obstacles and meet the challenges in the promotion of all human rights and in preventing persistent violations of human rights around the world, as reflected in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,

Having examined the report of the High Commissioner,

1. Takes note with appreciation of the report of the UnitedNations HighCommissioner for Human Rights, entitled "Building a partnership for human rights" (E/CN.4/1997/98 and Add.1 and Add.1/Corr.1);

2. Thanks the High Commissioner for his efforts in strengthening UnitedNations activities in the field of human rights, in spite of the prevailing financial constraints;

3. Recognizes the efforts of the High Commissioner in enhancing the Centre for Human Rights and in endowing it with an adequate administrative structure, which allows it to put into practice the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms;

4. Recognizes the importance of continuing to support the activities of the High Commissioner/Centre for Human Rights, taking into account that the duplication of functions must be avoided because they constitute an integral part of the UnitedNations for the promotion and protection of all human rights;

5. Expresses its satisfaction at the constructive manner in which the High Commissioner has carried out his functions;

6. Decides to continue the consideration of this question at its fifty-fourth session under the same agenda item.

67th meeting
16 April 1997

[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XXII.]



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