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Pakistan

Web Desk
October 14, 2020

PM Imran Khan 'pleased' at re-election of Pakistan to UNHRC

Pakistan

Web Desk
Wed, Oct 14, 2020
PM Imran says Pakistan will continue to expose human rights violations committed with impunity by the Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that he was "pleased" at the re-election of Pakistan to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) and that Islamabad will work towards building consensus in the body.

“We remain committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritising advancement of tolerance and constructive engagement. We stand resolute against Islamophobia and in support of mutual respect,” said the premier in a series of tweets.

The prime minister vowed Pakistan will ensure that the council’s “work is guided by principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue and cooperation”.

“Pakistan will continue to expose human rights violations committed with impunity by the Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir,” PM Imran added.

While lauding the FO, PM Imran also appreciated the role Pakistan’s missions abroad played in “another diplomatic achievement, enhancing Pakistan’s profile and recognition on the international stage”.

Pakistan re-elected ‘despite Indian opposition’

Pakistan on Tuesday was re-elected to the UNHRC for a period of three years with an overwhelming majority “despite Indian opposition”.

The 193-member UN General Assembly held elections for 15 new members to the 47-member Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva.

"Pakistan's success in this important election is a reflection of the country's high standing in the international community," an elated Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram said in a post-election statement.

This is the fifth time Pakistan has been elected to the council — the first success came in 2006 when the council was created by the UN General Assembly.

Pakistan polled 169 votes, when 97 were needed. The election in the General Assembly was by secret ballot, with a simple majority required.

The contest was only in the Asian-Pacific group as other groups put up agreed candidates. Five candidates contested for the four Asia-Pacific seats on the council. Apart from Pakistan, China, Nepal and Uzbekistan were elected. Saudi Arabia, with 90 votes, could not make it.

Members of the council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.

The HRC is an inter-governmental body within the UN 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.

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.