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Commission on Human Rights resolution 1997/25


The Commission on Human Rights,

Recalling its resolution 1996/29 of 19 April 1996,

Gravely concerned at the recent increase in attacks and the use of force against United Nations and other personnel acting under the authority of United Nations operations as well as personnel of international humanitarian organizations, including murder, physical and psychological threats, hostage-taking, shooting at vehicles and aircraft, mine-laying, looting of assets and other hostile acts, and, in this context, welcoming the statement by the President of the Security Council of 12 March 1997 (S/PRST/1997/13) on "Security of UnitedNations operations",

Noting that, since its adoption, the Convention on the Safety of UnitedNations and Associated Personnel has been signed by only 43 Member States and ratified by 10,

1. Takes note of the updated report of the Secretary-General on the detention of international civil servants and their families (E/CN.4/1997/25 and Add.1);

2. Draws attention to the relevant principles on protection found in the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UnitedNations, the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies and the Convention on the Safety of UnitedNations and Associated Personnel;

3. Calls upon all States to consider promptly becoming parties to the Convention on the Safety of UnitedNations and Associated Personnel;

4. Calls upon States and others concerned:

(a) To respect and ensure respect for the rights of UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation and to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of those personnel as well as the inviolability of UnitedNations premises which are essential to the continuation and successful implementation of UnitedNations operations;

(b) To provide adequate and prompt information concerning the arrest or detention of UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation;

(c) To grant the representative of the competent international organization immediate access to such personnel;

(d) To allow independent medical teams to investigate the health of detained UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation and to afford them the necessary medical assistance;

(e) To allow representatives of the competent international organization to attend hearings involving UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation, provided that such attendance is consistent with domestic law;

(f) To ensure the speedy release of UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation who have been arrested or detained in violation of their immunity, in accordance with the relevant conventions referred to in the present resolution and applicable international humanitarian law;

(g) To ensure that the perpetrators of unlawful acts against UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation are held accountable for their actions;

5. Requests the Secretary-General:

(a) To take the necessary measures to ensure full respect for the human rights, privileges and immunities of UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation and, when those human rights, privileges and immunities are violated, to ensure that such personnel are restored to their organization, and, where appropriate, to seek redress and compensation for the damage caused to them;

(b) To take the necessary measures to implement the recommendations contained in the final report of the Special Rapporteur of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on protection of the human rights of UnitedNations staff members, experts and their families (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1992/19), including the recommendations contained in paragraphs 45 and 47;

(c) To seek the inclusion of the applicable principles referred to in paragraph 2 of the present resolution in negotiations of headquarters and other mission agreements concerning UnitedNations and associated personnel;

(d) To submit to the GeneralAssembly at its fifty-second session a report on the situation of UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation who are imprisoned, missing or held in a country against their will, on new cases which have been successfully settled, and on the implementation of the measures referred to in the present resolution;

(e) To commission a comprehensive and independent study, from within existing resources, to shed further light on the safety and security problems faced by UnitedNations and other personnel carrying out activities in fulfilment of the mandate of a UnitedNations operation, taking into account the evolution of the nature of UnitedNations missions around the world and the greater responsibilities of those personnel, giving due consideration to the views of the main UnitedNations agencies concerned and of relevant international organizations, both intergovernmental and non-governmental.

56th meeting
11 April 1997

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



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