Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

General Assembly elects Nigeria, others to UN Human Rights Council

General Assembly elects Nigeria, others to UN Human Rights Council

Pakistan Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body.

The United States is now reviewing its membership in the council.

Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi tweeted that the election is ringing endorsement of Pakistan's strong commitment to human rights. The election in the 193-member Assembly was by secret ballot, with a simple majority required. But that was still far about the 97 votes needed to win a seat.

African countries had four candidates for their continent's four seats on the council and Congo got the lowest number of votes — 151.

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The contest was only in the Asian-Pacific group.

In addition, Angola, Australia, Chile, Congo, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine made to the council's membership.

Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.

He said that the Ukrainian delegation at the Human Rights Council "will focus on the prevention of human rights violations and will put forward its initiatives on this issue as part of the council's work".

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Pakistan has been elected fourth time to the 47-member Council as Pakistan was first elected in 2006 when the Council was created by the UN General Assembly.

"This election marks a humbling moment of paramount importance to Nepal since it reflects the global community's acknowledgement of Nepal's passionate efforts and accomplishments in the field of promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms", said Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Nepal's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. "Pakistan wins by more than two thirds votes", she said.

"Pakistan's election gives the lie to those who claim that Pakistan is isolated".

"Countries that aggressively violate human rights at home should not be in a position to guard the human rights of others", she said.

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"For the UN to elect Qatar, Congo or Pakistan as a world judge on human rights is like a making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief", said Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the Geneva based NGO, UN Watch.

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