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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2729

Pakistan Wins UN Human Rights Council Seat

New York, 17 October, (

After a two-year hiatus, Pakistan has once again secured a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) among countries representing the Asia-Pacific region.

The Council is made of 47 Member States, which are elected by the majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot.

The election took place during the 72nd session of UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Monday morning.

Pakistan has been a member of UNHRC from 2006-2011 and 2013-2015. It lost its membership in 2015 on failing to get enough votes.

Pakistan on Monday won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by more than two thirds vote when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body.

Pakistan was elected for the term 2018-20. The election in the 193-member Assembly was by secret ballot, with a simple majority required.

Pakistan polled 151 votes, when 97 were needed.

There were five candidates contesting for four Asia-Pacific seats on the Council. Apart from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Qatar also won seats on the Council. Malaysia, with 129 vote, could not get elected.

The contest was only in the Asian-Pacific group. Other groups put up agreed candidates:

African States - Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Senegal;

Latin America/Caribbean States : Chile, Mexico and Peru;

Western European States: Australia and ;

Eastern European States : Slovakia and Ukraine.

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.

- Asian Tribune -

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