Like the High Commissioner, Switzerland attaches the utmost importance to the proper functioning of UN human rights bodies and mechanisms – for example, the work of independent experts, special rapporteurs and commissions of inquiry that report on problematic human rights situations and investigate crimes. In particular, Switzerland welcomes the fact that the High Commissioner places the fight against impunity and strengthening the role and independence of civil society high on his agenda. Switzerland will continue its efforts to ensure that those responsible for serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law are held to account.
Together with Argentina and Morocco, Switzerland initiated the creation of the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. The Human Rights Council yesterday extended this mandate by three years at Switzerland's request. More than 80 states explicitly supported its extension.During restoration of the rule of law and lasting peace following serious human rights violations, the rights of victims must be protected, the past must be dealt with and those responsible must be held to account. The Special Rapporteur supports affected states in this protracted and difficult work.
Another of Switzerland's priorities is the right to water and basic sanitation, for over 2 billion people worldwide still do not have adequate access to clean drinking water.
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