DR Congo wins seat on United Nations rights council despite USA opposition

Posted October 18, 2017

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.

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.

Created by the General Assembly in 2006, the 47-member Council is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them.

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He explained that this enhances the State of Qatar approach to the development of national legislation to promote human rights issues and affirms its commitment to the protection of human rights at the local level and recognizes its significant role and prestige at the regional and global levels.

Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi tweeted that the election is ringing endorsement of Pakistan's strong commitment to human rights. She said in June the United States wants to see two key reforms: the use of competitive elections to choose the council's 47 members and removal of Israel as a permanent fixture on its agenda — the only country in the world that has a permanent spot. Malaysia, with 129 votes, could not get elected.

On her Twitter account, she said that the "victory is a manifestation of the worldwide community's trust in Pakistan".

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"Pakistan's election gives the lie to those who claim that Pakistan is isolated". "Pakistan wins by more than two thirds votes", she said.

Punjab Minister for Human Rights and minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu said in a statement that the entire nation was feel proud that Pakistan had been elected a member of the International Human Rights council. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.

The 15 new members were elected according to the following pattern: 4 seats for African States; 4 seats for Asia-Pacific States; 2 seats for Eastern European States; 3 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States; and 2 seats for Western European and other States.

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