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PM Imran Khan ‘happy’ at re-election of Pakistan to UNHRC



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

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday mentioned that he was “pleased” on the re-election of Pakistan to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) and that Islamabad will work in direction of constructing consensus within the physique.

“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,” mentioned the premier in a sequence of tweets.

The prime minister vowed Pakistan will be certain 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 additionally appreciated the position Pakistan’s missions overseas performed 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 interval of three years with an awesome majority “despite Indian opposition”.

The 193-member UN General Assembly held elections for 15 new members to the 47-member Human Rights Council, which relies 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 mentioned in a post-election assertion.

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

Pakistan polled 169 votes, when 97 have been wanted. The election within the General Assembly was by secret poll, with a easy majority required.

The contest was solely within the Asian-Pacific group as different teams put up agreed candidates. Five candidates contested for the 4 Asia-Pacific seats on the council. Apart from Pakistan, China, Nepal and Uzbekistan have been elected. Saudi Arabia, with 90 votes, couldn’t make it.

Members of the council serve for a interval of three years and will not be eligible for fast re-election after serving two consecutive phrases.

The HRC is an inter-governmental physique throughout the UN system accountable for strengthening the promotion and safety of human rights across the globe and for addressing conditions of human rights violations and make suggestions on them.

The council’s membership relies 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 different States, and 6 seats for Eastern European States.

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