Pakistan wins election to UN Human Rights Council

Oct 14, 2020 (LBO) – Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) with an overwhelming majority securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Elections were held in New York earlier today. Among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region vying for four seats, Pakistan secured the highest number of votes.

Pakistan is currently serving on the HRC since 1 January 2018. With its re-election today, Pakistan will continue as a member for another three-year term commencing on 1 January 2021.

Since the HRC’s establishment in 2006, this is the fifth time that Pakistan has been elected to the United Nations’ premier body on Human Rights.

“The international community has once again reposed confidence in Pakistan, recognizing our contribution to the national and global human rights agenda and strong credentials as a consensus builder in the HRC,” Pakistan High Commission said in a statement.

“Pakistan remains firmly committed to upholding, promoting and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. Pakistan will sustain its efforts towards ensuring that the HRC’s work is guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue, and cooperation. In line with Pakistan’s commitment, we will prioritize the advancement of tolerance, respect, and constructive engagement in the HRC.”

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body based in Geneva within the United Nations system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms. With membership on the Council comes a responsibility to uphold high human rights standards.

It comprises 47 States and discusses all thematic human rights issues and specific situations requiring attention.