Human Rights Council panel discussion to commemorate 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration
On 25 February 2013, the Human Rights Council held a panel discussion to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration, a human rights declaration adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993. Among other important clauses, the Vienna Declaration created the High Commission for Human Rights post.
During the event, opening statements were delivered by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (via video); High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay; State Secretary for European and International Affairs of Austria Reinhold Lopatka; Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov; and EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis.
Following the opening statements, a panel of experts took the floor to discuss upholding accountability and preventing impunity at the international level for mass atrocity crimes. Panelists included Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General for the prevention of genocide and participant in the World Conference; Ms. Safak Pavey, Member of the Turkish Parliament and member of the Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities; Ms. Carla Del Ponte, former Prosecutor of United Nations international criminal law tribunals; Ms. Hina Jilani, human rights lawyer and participant in the World Conference; Mr. Albert Sasson, Special Advisor, Conseil National des Droits de l'Homme du Maroc and participant in the World Conference; and Mr. Gustavo Gallon, Director of the Colombian Commission of Jurists and participant in the World Conference.
Watch video of the event.