Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council

 

Pakistan was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday for the period 2018-2020.

The elections took place in New York at the General Assembly of the United Nations, said the Foreign Office. Pakistan secured more than two-thirds majority votes. There were five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region against four seats.

Since its inception in 2006, this is the fourth time that Pakistan has been elected a member of the Council.

“The membership of Pakistan in this council demonstrates strong trust in our role and contribution to the national and global human rights agenda,” said Nafees Zakaria, Foreign Office spokesman.

He added that Pakistan as a member would continue to work actively with the Council, its machinery, processes and relevant actors at home and abroad.

He added that Pakistan, apart from continuing to serve as an international consensus-builder, would build on efforts to ensure that the work of the Council is guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue and cooperation becomes.

“Pakistan is determined to uphold, promote and protect universal human rights for all, including through its membership in the Human Rights Council.”

Pakistan will return to the Council after a two-year break. Pakistan’s attempt to be re-elected when the member of the United Nations Human Rights Organization failed in 2015 could not win enough votes. The diplomatic humiliation on the World Forum had raised questions about the performance of the Foreign Office.

The former High Commissioner for India, Abdul Basit, had blamed the then foreign minister Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, who is currently ambassador in the US, for the debacle.

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