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The Tally Ho

Sunday, April 24, 2005

coalition of the one-ing

The United Nations
Commission on Human Rights
April 15, 2005

In a resolution (E/CN.4/2005/L.28) on the right of everyone to the
enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental
health, adopted as orally revised and by a roll-call vote of 52 in
favour to one against, with no abstentions, the Commission urged States
to take steps, individually and through international assistance and
cooperation, especially economic and technical, to the maximum of their
available resources, with a view to achieving progressively the full
realization of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest
attainable standard of physical and mental health; and called upon the
international community to continue to assist the developing countries
in promoting the full realization of the right of everyone to the
enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental
health, including through financial and technical support as well as
training of personnel, while recognizing that the primary
responsibility
for promoting and protecting all human rights rests with States.

The Commission encouraged States to recognize the particular needs of
persons with disabilities related to mental disorders, as well as their
families, including by reflecting their needs in national health and
social policies, such as national poverty reduction strategies; and
called upon them to place a gender perspective at the centre of all
policies and programmes affecting women's health. They also called upon
States to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health as
integral
elements of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest
attainable standard of physical and mental health and decided to
extend,
for a period of three years, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on
the right to everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable
standard of physical and mental health.

The result of the vote was as follows:

In favour (52):
Argentina,
Armenia,
Australia,
Bhutan,
Brazil,
Burkina Faso,
Canada,
China,
Congo,
Costa Rica,
Cuba,
Dominican Republic,
Ecuador,
Egypt,
Eritrea,
Ethiopia,
Finland,
France,
Gabon,
Germany,
Guatemala,
Guinea,
Honduras,
Hungary,
India,
Indonesia,
Ireland,
Italy,
Japan,
Kenya,
Malaysia,
Mauritania,
Mexico,
Nepal,
Netherlands,
Nigeria,
Pakistan,
Paraguay,
Peru,
Qatar,
Republic of Korea,
Romania,
Russian Federation,
Saudi Arabia,
South Africa,
Sri Lanka,
Sudan,
Swaziland,
Togo,
Ukraine,
United Kingdom
Zimbabwe.

Against (1):
United States.

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