Nigeria's re-election to UN Rights Council puts it under self-scrutiny - Amb. Bande

UN Human Rights Council

"It is not the first time Pakistan has become the UN Human Rights Council member".

Ukraine has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) with a mandate for the next three years after the vote at a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, October 16.

However, human rights activists both within and outside the country decried the election of the DRC to the United Nations body. Pakistan received 151 votes in favour of becoming a member.

Today's election is yet another example of why the Human Rights Council (HRC) lacks credibility and must be reformed in order to be saved.

Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák (Slovakia) announced that the following States would also continue as members of the Council: Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.

Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi tweeted that the election is ringing endorsement of Pakistan's strong commitment to human rights.

There were five candidates contesting for four Asia-Pacific seats on the Council.

On her Twitter account, she said that the "victory is a manifestation of the worldwide community's trust in Pakistan". Malaysia, with 129 votes, could not get elected.

Nigeria has illustriously served the global community on the UNHRC for three terms since the establishment of the Council in 2006. "Pakistan wins by more than two thirds votes", she said.

In addition to the ASADHO, several other human rights associations and Western countries such as the United States had opposed the election of the DRC to the council.

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

The Council's membership is based on equitable geographical distribution and seats are distributed as follows: 13 seats for African States, 13 seats for Asia Pacific States, 8 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States, 7 seats for Western European and other States, and 6 seats for Eastern European States.

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