Pakistan wins seat on United Nations rights council

Pakistan wins seat on United Nations rights council

Pakistan wins seat on United Nations rights council

Newly elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council are Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch, Britain and the U.S. have criticised the election of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the UNHRC for a three-year term.

Congratulating the nation on its diplomatic success, Maleeha said that despite opposition by the United States and her allies Pakistan had managed to become the member of the human rights council.

She spoke after the UN General Assembly elected 15 countries - including Qatar and Pakistan - for three-year terms to the UNHRC. He said that the Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

"We must therefore always remember that we have an added responsibility in our own country to respect rights of citizens and it's a commitment". He said a lot of work needs to be done on providing the human rights.

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During our term on the Human Rights Council, we will focus on five key areas: gender equality, freedom of expression, good governance and robust democratic institutions, human rights for indigenous peoples and strong national human rights institutions.

"Nigeria is a very important member of the global family and when it comes to rights, we have very robust documents from the Constitution to other documents that speak to our respect for rights".

"Countries that aggressively violate human rights at home should not be in a position to guard the human rights of others", Ms Haley said in a statement. It lost its membership in 2015 on failing to get enough votes.

NAN reports that the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations hosted a reception for envoys to launch Nigeria's re-election bid on Friday in NY and solicit countries' "firm support" for Nigeria's re-election on the council.

DR Congo was on Monday elected in Geneva, Switzerland, to the UN Human Rights Council by 151 votes out of 193.97 votes were required to poll a majority.

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