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Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights

Remarks by the Permanent Representative of Cuba, Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo, in presenting the draft resolution L.8 entitled "Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination" at the 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, September 29, 2016.

Mr. President:

I have the honor to present, on behalf of the sponsors, the draft resolution L.8 entitled "Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination".

The phenomenon of mercenarism, particularly its new forms and manifestations, should and must be addressed by the Human Rights Council. They are worrying persistent practices of recruitment and use of mercenaries, which constitute a violation of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

By adopting this draft, the Human Rights Council will condemn the impunity granted to those involved in mercenary activities and called upon States to bring them to justice.

At the same time, it reiterates the call for all countries to remain vigilant to the phenomenon of mercenarism and to take all necessary measures to prevent and combat such practices.

The text also recognizes the work of the Working Group and resumes its mandate.

In presenting this text, we cannot put aside the relationship between the phenomenon of mercenarism and the activities of military and private security companies. The development of an international regulatory framework for the regulation, monitoring and supervision of the activities of private military and security companies is increasingly necessary.

Mr. President:

We express our hope that the draft resolution L.8 is approved, as on previous occasions, with the widest support of the Council members.

Thank you.

 

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