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“Madam President,

General Assembly resolution 60/251 determines that the Council should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations. Also, the Council's work must be guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, constructive dialogue and cooperation.

Brazil recognizes the various challenges of acting under item 4 of the Agenda, especially in view of the need to constructively engage the concerned countries. In that context, my delegation has been continuously involved in discussions on methods of work which can improve cooperation and results on the ground.

In light of the sensitivities related to item 4, my delegation is concerned that, in recent occasions, negotiations on country-specific resolutions have been held in a manner that lacks transparency and openness. We encourage all delegations to hold inclusive and meaningful consultations for all resolutions, especially those under item 4.

Madam President,

Brazil reiterates the value we attach to our friendly relations with Bahrain. While we share a number of elements in the joint statement delivered by Switzerland, and prepared in a transparent manner, we commend the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry. We consider the implementation of its recommendations of great importance. Ensuring the rights of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association is crucial.

Brazil recognizes the positive participation of Bahrain in the UPR last month. With a view to overcoming existing challenges, we encourage Bahrain to seek further cooperation with the mechanisms of the multilateral human rights system.

Finally, Madam President, we look forward to the implementation of the recent measures announced, by the Bahraini government, of compensations to the families of persons killed in the protests last year.

Thank you very much.”

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