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Amnesty International welcomes the emphasis which the report of the
High-level Panel (HLP), places on the central role of the United Nations
(UN) to protect human rights when dealing with global threats and
challenges. All states should take note of the Panel's pertinent observation
that the 2% which the UN Budget allocates to its human rights program
contradicts the UN Charter's recognition that human rights are a principal
purpose of the UN. "We urge all countries to seriously review the grossly
under-funded Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as the Panel
recommends" Amnesty International said.

Specifically, Amnesty International welcomes the Panel's support for the
persistent efforts by the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for
Human Rights to integrate human rights throughout the UN and to help develop
strong domestic human rights institutions, especially in countries that
emerge from conflict and in the fight against terrorism. "We urge all
governments, when considering the many recommendations made by the Panel, to
ensure that the protection of human rights is central to their deliberations
and that the views of civil society on the human rights aspects of this
important report are fully taken into account" Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty
International's Representative at the UN, said

The HLP has addressed openly what has long been known but rarely
acknowledged about the serious shortcomings of the Commission. Many of its
members lack commitment to human rights, lack expertise, and refuse to
address grave violations. "Now that these concerns are in the open, we urge
all member states to seriously consider the Panel's proposals on Commission
reform, including those that seek to enhance the human rights expertise on
their own delegations to the Commission" Amnesty International said.

The Panel's recommendation that any sanctions regimes - including arms
embargoes - imposed by the Security Council must routinely establish
monitoring mechanisms with the capacity to carry out in-depth investigations
addresses a key concern of the organization about the ineffectiveness of
some of the sanctions regimes put in place by the Security Council. It
should be immediately implemented.

Amnesty International looks forward to participating in future discussions
on the many recommendations made in the report and urges all concerned to
ensure that human rights will be central to that debate.


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