UN rights body adopts resolution addressing negative impact of colonialism's legacies
GENEVA, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution sponsored by China and a group of countries, calling for UN member states, relevant UN bodies, agencies and other stakeholders to take concrete steps to address the negative impact of the legacies of colonialism on the enjoyment of human rights.
The resolution, adopted on the last day of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, also decided to convene a panel discussion next year to identify challenges in addressing the negative impact of the legacies of colonialism on human rights, and to discuss ways forward.
The resolution pointed out that measures to eliminate colonialism by 2020, as called for by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 65/119 of Dec. 10, 2010, have not been successful.
Acknowledging that the period 2021-2030 is the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism designated by the UN General Assembly, the resolution urged all UN member states, the specialized agencies and other governmental and non-governmental organizations to take active steps in this regard.
The resolution stressed that the legacies of colonialism, in all their manifestations such as economic exploitation, inequality within and among states, systemic racism, violations of indigenous peoples' rights, contemporary form of slavery and damage to cultural heritage, have a negative impact on the effective enjoyment of all human rights. Enditem