Swiss FM Says Human Rights Should Be at Heart of Conflict Prevention

© REUTERS / Ruben SprichSwiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter speaks to media after the weekly meeting of the Federal Council on the relations between Switzerland and the European Union in Bern, Switzerland June 24, 2015
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter speaks to media after the weekly meeting of the Federal Council on the relations between Switzerland and the European Union in Bern, Switzerland June 24, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Didier Burkhalter called on the international community to put human rights at the center of conflict prevention.

GENEVA (Sputnik) — Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter urged all UN nations on Monday to put human rights at the heart of conflict prevention, in a speech marking a decade since the creation of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"We call for a strengthening of the links between human rights, development and peace and security. We issue a call to bring these pillars of the UN closer together and to improve the links between Geneva and New York – between human rights and security," Burkhalter said.

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The head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs proposed enhancing cooperation between the Human Rights Council and the Security Council; improving data exchange between them through regular briefings by the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and asking all UN member states to pay more attention to human rights in their conflict prevention activities.

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