UN Human Rights Committee pass Resolution on provision of technical cooperation to implement Truth Commission’s Report

Colombia serves as an important example that resolving enduring differences is only possible through peaceful dialogue.  Simon Manley CMG

On 13 July 2023 the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution (A/HRC/53/L.25/Rev.1) on Enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of human rights in Colombia to implement the recommendations of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition.

The mandate will last for two years after which it will be renewable. It allows for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia to provide technical assistance and capacity-building to national and local authorities and other relevant actors to assist Colombia with the implementation of the recommendations made by the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (Truth Commission).

The Human Rights High Commissioner will present a report on this mandate to the UN Human Rights Council, at its fifty-sixth session in Geneva and at the fifty-ninth session, followed by an interactive dialogue.

The Resolution allows for the immediate appointment of an international human rights expert tasked with identifying obstacles to the implementation of the 2016 Peace Accord and the consequences for the full enjoyment of human rights under international law, as well as making recommendations that will help to overcome these obstacles.

It requests the Secretary-General to provide the Office of the High Commissioner with all the resources necessary to provide technical assistance for the implementation of this Resolution.

READ Truth Commission’s report Executive Summary