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UN rights council opens its 35th session in Geneva
June 07,2017   By:Xinhua
GENEVA, June 7, 2017 -- The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday opened its 35th regular session at its headquarters here, stressing that a "constructive atmosphere" was crucial for the smooth functioning of the council and made it possible to have a frank dialogue with dignity.
The council's president, Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelli, opened the session reminding that the UN Human Rights Council would follow up on all cases of reprisals brought to its attention.
Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez addressed the opening ceremony and noted that it was fundamental that all countries recognized, supported and participated in the council to ensure peaceful coexistence.
However, he added that coexistence was currently threatened by situations of injustice, increased individualism and competition for goods and privileges.
He thus called for freedom and democracy, and the use of politics as a social practice through which public affairs could be addressed.
Vazquez also reminded that the cost of achieving human rights for people today could not be at the expense of the rights of future generations.
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said during Tuesday's opening session that members of the council, as well as candidates for future membership, had a particular responsibility to cooperate with the council's mechanisms.
The UN Human Rights Council's 35th session will be held in Geneva from June 6 to 23.
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