DCP Releases 65th UN General Assembly Scorecard
The Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) has published its annual UNGA Scorecard on the voting record of UN member states on select human rights resolutions put before the 65th session of the General Assembly. The 2010 session was characterized by increased cross-regional support for human rights resolutions, progress on issues related to sexual orientation, and decreased support for the "combating defamation of religions" resolution. In addition, emerging democratic powers in the global South, including South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil, improved their positions on country resolutions.
The recurring resolutions on Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea were adopted with greater cross-regional approval from UN Member States reflecting international concern about ongoing grave human rights abuses. Unfortunately, the annual resolution on Myanmar lost support from a number of Asian and African Member States after the release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi despite the continued imprisonment of more than 2,100 political prisoners.
To read more about the 65th session of the General Assembly, please read DCP's 2010 UNGA Scorecard by clicking here.
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64th UN General Assembly Scorecard: Expansion of support for country resolutions
The Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) has published its annual UNGA Scorecard on the voting record of UN member states on select human rights resolutions put before the 64th session of the General Assembly. The 2009 session saw an expansion of support for resolutions dealing with specific human rights violations. Three recurring resolutions on violations of human rights in Iran, Myanmar, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea saw noticeable increases in cross-regional support from UN member states. A resolution on the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict also received resounding support, signaling increased resolve and a more even handed approach to prevent impunity on violations in the conflict.
More states upheld the principle of freedom of expression by withdrawing their support the resolution on “combating defamation of religion,” but during the session, UN special procedure mandate holders, civil society and human rights defenders were subject to increased attacks by select states for speaking out on human rights violations and lending their expertise to UN instruments.
To read more about the 64th session of the General Assembly, please read DCP's 2009 UNGA Scorecard by clicking here.
To read the report in Spanish, click here.
To read the report in French, click here.
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63rd UN General Assembly Scorecard: Achievements Mark 60th Anniversary of UDHR
The Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) has published its annual voting record of U.N. member states on select human rights resolutions put before the 63rd session of the General Assembly. DCP’s 2008 UNGA scorecard and analysis examines the voting positions taken by all U.N. states on six adopted resolutions that were considered barometers of a country’s approach to key human rights issues before the UN: resolutions on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, and combating defamation of religions, as well as resolutions on the human rights situations in Myanmar, North Korea, and Iran. This year's scorecard analyzes the change in government positions on these same issues as addressed at the 61st and 62nd sessions of the General Assembly.
For copies of the UNGA scorecard in French, click here. In Spanish, click here.
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UN General Assembly approves landmark text
on death penalty, affirms practice of censuring human rights
The Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) has published
its annual voting record of U.N. member states on select
human rights resolutions put before the 62nd session
of the General Assembly. DCPs 2007
UNGA scorecard and analysis
examines the voting positions taken by all U.N. states on
five adopted resolutions that were considered barometers of
a countrys approach to key human rights issues before
the UN: a landmark resolution on a moratorium on the use of
the death penalty and resolutions on the human rights situations
in Myanmar, North Korea, Iran and Belarus. This year, all
no action motions were rejected, and a broad cross-regional
group of states pushed through the groundbreaking death penalty
measure after two failed attempts in 1994 and 1999.
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Community of Democracies Convening Group
Calls on the UN General Assembly to favor states with better
human rights records in Council elections
On May 15, 2007, the Convening Group of the
Community of Democracies released a statement
regarding the UN Human Rights Council elections which
called on the membership of the United Nations to "favor
those States which have demonstrated a genuine commitment
to human rights, both in practice and in their pledges."
The statement reiterates the commitment made by Community
of Democracy governments at the III Ministerial Meeting in
Santiago to consider the candidacy of countries contributing
effectively to the promotion and protection of human rights.
Further, the 16-member Convening Group also recognizes that
the resolution establishing the Council "intended for
UN member states to have a real choice in selecting its members."
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Democracies Secure UN Censure of Worst Human
The UN General Assembly's Third Committee
adopted four key country resolutions despite efforts by spoiler
states to end the practice of naming and shaming the worst
violators, according to a new survey by the Democracy Coalition
Project. The survey, released on 11th December 2006 to commemorate
the 58th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration
on Human Rights, analyzes the voting patterns of UN Member
States at the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations.
is based on a scorecard
that records the voting on five country resolutions condemning
human rights abuses in selected states; it also covers a sixth
resolution introduced by Belarus and Uzbekistan which sought
to undermine the importance of country-specific resolutions.
The study showed that efforts to block UN censure of human
rights violators had failed, with members of the UN Democracy
Caucus voting overwhelmingly for the four country resolutions
that succeeded. The scorecards also showed a poor record by
leading members of the Community of Democracies, including
members of its Convening Group.
To view an op-ed on Commonweath countries' voting patterns
based on DCP's scorecard, click
here. The op-ed ran in printed and online media in Zimbabwe,
Jamaica, Maldives, Sierra Leone, Grenada, Sri Lanka and Caribbean
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Community of Democracies issues statement
on elections to the UN Human Rights Council
On 5th May 2006, the Community of Democracies
issued a statement
encouraging members of the United Nations to vote for states
that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to human rights
in the forthcoming elections to the new Human Rights Council.
The statement reiterated the Community of Democracies' 2005
Santiago Ministerial Commitment to support "the candidancy
of countries contributing effectively to the promotion and
protection of democracy and human rights worldwide in bodies
which focus on elements of democratic governance."
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Democracy Coalition Project Releases Scorecard
of Voting Patterns on Human Rights abuses by UN Member States
at the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations
The Democracy Coalition Project has carried
out a study on the voting patterns of UN Member States at
the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations. The analysis
is based on a scorecard
that records the voting on the seven country resolutions condeming
Human Rights abuses in specific states that were presented
to the General Assembly's 3rd Committee in the Fall of 2005.
Six of the seven resolutions were approved, a trend that shows
an increase in censure of Human Rights violations by the international
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UN Democracy Caucus Recommends Positive Consideration
To Four UN General Assembly Resolutions
After the first meeting of the UN Democracy
Caucus on November 1, 2004 Chile, which chaired the meeting,
issued a press
communiqué announcing the Democracy Caucus recommends
that all members of the Community of Democracies give positive
consideration to four draft resolutions when they are up for
vote at this year's UN General Assembly. The four draft resolutions
are: “Torture and other inhuman or other degrading treatment
or punishment” submitted by Denmark; “Promotion
and cooperation among religions,” submitted by the Philippines;
“Enhancing the role of regional and subregional and
other organizations and arrangements in promoting and consolidating
democracy,” submitted by Romania, United States, Peru
and Timor-Leste; and “Improvement of the status of women
in the UN system,” submitted by Australia.
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DCP Releases Scorecard of Voting Patterns
of UN Democracy Caucus Countries At 59th UNGA (2004)
On January 10, 2005 DCP released an analysis
of the voting patterns of members of the UN Democracy Caucus
on key country resolutions at the 59th UN General Assembly.
The analysis shows that there is little consensus among UN
Democracy Caucus members to condemn even some of the worst
violators of human rights, as some democratic governments
continue to prioritize regional or north/south alliances when
The Democracy Coalition Project’s assessment
suggests that democratic regimes are not inclined to vote
as a unified bloc for resolutions critical of human rights
violations, but instead to continue to vote along regional
and sub-regional lines. Non-democratic regimes, on the other
hand, remain united against any move to erode the principle
of “non-intervention in sovereign affairs,” regardless
of the severity of the documented abuses against unarmed civilians.
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Enhancing U.S. Leadership At The United Nations
This report of an Independent Task Force sponsored
by the Council on Foreign Relations and Freedom House was
chaired by David Dreier and Lee H. Hamilton, with Project
Directors Lee Feinstein and Adrian Karatnycky The Independent
Task Force endorsed the creation of a UN Democracy Caucus.
To view a copy of the report, please visit the
CFR website: www.cfr.org
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