Pakistan has been re-elected to United Nations Human Rights Council for another 3-year term commencing on January 1, 2021.
Among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region vying for four seats in the UN’s premiere human rights body, Pakistan secured the highest number of votes, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.
I am pleased with Pakistan’s re-election to UN Human Rights Council for another 3-yr term. We remain committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritizing advancement of tolerance & constructive engagement. We stand resolute against Islamophobia & in support of mutual respect— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 14, 2020
“Pakistan will continue efforts towards consensus building and ensuring HRC’s work is guided by principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue & cooperation. Pak will continue to expose human rights violations committed with impunity by the Indian occupation forces in IIOJK”, PM Imran Khan further added.
In his last tweet on the topic, PM Khan commendedthe role of the Foreign Office, and said, “Pakistan’s Missions abroad in yet another diplomatic achievement, enhancing Pakistan’s profile and recognition on the international stage”.
I commend the role of the Foreign Office and Pakistan’s Missions abroad in yet another diplomatic achievement, enhancing Pakistan’s profile and recognition on the international stage.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 14, 2020
Under the Human Rights Council’s rules, seats are allocated to regions to ensure geographical representation. Except for the Asia-Pacific contest.
The election of 15 members to the 47-member Human Rights Council was all but decided in advance because all the other regional groups held uncontested slates.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan said that the “international community once again reposed confidence in Pakistan, recognising its contribution to the national and global human rights agenda and strong credentials as a consensus builder in the council.”
“Pakistan remains firmly committed to upholding, promoting and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms for all and will sustain its efforts towards ensuring that the HRC’s work is guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue and cooperation,” it said.
“In line with Pakistan’s commitment, we will prioritise advancement of tolerance, respect and constructive engagement in the HRC,” the Foreign Office said.
Pakistan is currently serving on the HRC since January 1, 2018.