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Belgium commits to defend human rights

Julia Moisan
17 November 2017

In the frame of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (19th to 25th September 2017, New York), Belgium pledges to continue its efforts to defend human rights.

Among all the causes to be defended, our country pledged to fight sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN Mission personnel. On the one hand, our legislative framework has been refined to make sure that it holds the highest standards in terms of preventing and punishing these acts. On the other hand, our country fully subscribed to the UN Secretary General’s Compact and is thus committed to taking concrete measures and intensify its efforts in that matter.

Belgium also strengthened its commitment to protect children in armed conflicts. A promise that could be further realized if Belgium is elected next year for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council.

Finally, our country joined the worldwide alliance against trade in goods used for capital punishment and torture. This legal frameworks bans this trade and imposes export controls on goods that can be used for capital punishment and torture. Furthermore, Belgium announced it would host in February 2019, in Brussels, the seventh World Congress against death penalty.


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