Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2015)
Analysis and assessment of the right to peace in light of the latest developments at the Human Rights Council
Author(s): Christian Guillermet Fernández, David Fernández Puyana
Abstract: In the 2015 June session of the Human Rights Council, important regional groups, such as ASEAN and EU, reaffirmed their commitment to work on the basis of consensus regarding to the Declaration on the right to peace. Despite that an agreement among States and regional groups seemed within reach in the 2015 September session, it could not finally be achieved, exclusively because of lack of agreement on the title and article 1 of the text as presented by the Chairperson-Rapporteur on 21 September 2015. The mobilization and strong voice of some civil society organizations was not properly heard by the international community. In particular, in the September session large networks of civil society organizations openly called on Member States to take a step forward in the promotion of peace by adopting a declaration that can be both consensual and meaningful for generations to come. Consequently, in the line of the voice raised by them, today much more than ever the Chairperson-Rapporteur recommends that it is necessary that a serious assessment be conducted by all as to whether the international community is in a position to further develop the right to peace in a consensual manner.