Pakistan re-elected to UN Human Rights Council

Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) . It was selected on the basis of votes of member countries. It secured 169 votes out of 193 votes of the member of UN General Assembly.

Highlights

Pakistan has secured the highest number of votes among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region. 5 candidates were seeking for four seats in elections in New York.

Pakistan’s membership

Pakistan has served the UNHRC since January 2018. Now, the country will continue for another three-year term commencing from January 1, 2021. Pakistan has been elected 5th time since 2006.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

UNHRC is a United Nations body which was established on 15th March 2006 and replaced the UN Commission on Human Rights. Its primary mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world. It has 47 members who are elected for three-year terms on a regional group basis. The organisation is  headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It investigates the allegations of breach of human rights in United Nations member states. The body also addresses the important human rights issues including the women’s rights, LGBT rights, freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion,   and the rights of racial and ethnic minorities.