NHRC welcomes Qatar's re-election to UN Human Rights Council

Reuters

The reelection of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations Human Rights Council is one more blow to its credibility, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Monday. Barring that, he suggested that it would be better to make all United Nations member states members rather than electing countries that do not meet the council's standards.

Pakistan has been elected fourth time to the 47-member Council as Pakistan was first elected in 2006 when the Council was created by the UN General Assembly. "As a newly elected HRC member, Ukraine will use all mechanisms to combat human rights abuses in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and in Donbas", spokesman for Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the United Nations Oleh Nikolenko told Ukrinform.

"We are committed to respecting human rights, fighting impunity and continuing collaboration with the various United Nations bodies" she vowed. Pakistan received 151 votes in favour of becoming a member.

"For the UN to elect Qatar, Congo or Pakistan as a world judge on human rights is like a making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief", said Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the Geneva based NGO, UN Watch.




There were five candidates contesting for four Asia-Pacific seats on the Council. Nepal topped the vote, followed by Qatar and Pakistan.

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 worldwide levels. Besides the Maldives, Malaysia too had to return home without a membership seat getting just 129 votes in favour.

"But where possible, if certain countries appear not to push in the same direction, we ask them to join all other countries in the world in respecting the rights of human beings". "Pakistan's election gives the lie to those who claims that Pakistan is isolated", Maleeha Lodhi said.

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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