High Commissioner and Secretary General
Promotion and protection of all human, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 27/21 and its corrigendum, contains a summary of the biennial panel discussion of the Council on unilateral coercive measures and human rights, held on September 16, 2021, at the forty-eighth session of the Board.
1 . In its resolution 27/21 and its corrigendum, the Human Rights Council decided to convene a biennial panel discussion on the issue of unilateral coercive measures and human rights, with the participation of Member States, relevant United Nations bodies and agencies and other relevant stakeholders, and requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare and submit a report on the roundtable to the Human Rights Council of man.
2 . OHCHR submits this report to the Human Rights Council in accordance with this request.
3 . The last biennial round table was held on September 16, 2021, during the forty-eighth session of the Human Rights Council, and continued to serve as a platform for the exchange of views and experiences, in the aim of sensitizing the actors concerned to the negative effects the impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.
4 . The discussion focused on unilateral coercive measures, secondary sanctions, and excessive compliance by public and private entities that have resulted in the extraterritorial expansion of the jurisdiction of sanctioning states.
5 . Among other issues, roundtable participants discussed the following: (a) extraterritorial jurisdiction considered in the context of the application and enforcement of unilateral coercive measures, and the excessive compliance that might result therefrom; b) follow-up and update of the recommendations of the previous working groups and workshops mandated by the Council, held in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019, and of the activity report based on research of the Advisory Committee of the Rights Council of man; c) awareness of the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.
6 . The panel was chaired by the President of the Human Rights Council, Nazhat Shameem Khan. Opening remarks were delivered by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan. The panelists were: Associate Professor of International Law at Allameh Tabataba’i University and Secretary General of the Iranian Association for United Nations Studies (Islamic Republic of Iran), Pouria Askary; Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Social Ethics and Professor of Philosophy and Law at Loyola University in Chicago (United States of America), Joy Gordon; Professor of international law at the University of Ghent (Belgium), Tom Ruys; and Professor of Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law of Wuhan University (China), Zhang Wanhong.