In the afternoon session, the atmosphere in the Human Rights Council has been stirred up mostly by the Cuban delegation that emphasized that the states should lead by example, interfering in a softer manner in order to see clearer that the intention is to help. After almost reaching a reasonable degree of collaboration, tension occurred between delegations of Russia, Germany, Cuba and France, but it was shortly settled, because, if you want to reach a greater goal, cooperation is the key.
During the first part of the day, the motion “Solutions for xenophobia and Islamophobia” was highly debated. Even if it seems one of the most important factors in this matter, some of the delegates pointed out that it also incorporates freedom of speech all around the world, objectiveness and also the support of security experts worldwide, to guarantee that the solutions they would create will both respect their citizens and the human rights. This aspect has great importance, because is a very sensitive subject not only for the Muslim world, but also for the entire human kind. As we have seen, it can lead to major conflicts if not approached in an assertive and open manner. The media should take into consideration the way they transmit information and even promote intercultural dialogue and relations.
An interesting idea came from the Cuban delegation. They proposed that each government should encourage cultural studies and projects regarding the Islam, with the purpose of offering a better perspective, because at the end of the day we’re all humans, we’re all equal. The refugee crisis was also mentioned. The states understood that if they manage to find solution on that problem it would be a first big step on combating xenophobia and Islamophobia.
The session ended with a great idea in the air: that we should open our mind to differences so that the world would open to us.
By Claudiu Șulea,
HRC Press Officer