Pakistan has re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) with the massive majority securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly.
The prestigious elections held in New York on Tuesday. Among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region competing for four seats.
Pakistan secured the highest number of votes
Pakistan is serving on the HRC since January 2018. With its re-election today, Pakistan will continue to be a member for another three-year term starting January 1, 2021.
Despite many rivalries, this is the fifth time that Pakistan manages to become a prestigious member of the United Nations’ premier body on Human Rights.
According to the FO, the international community has once again reposed confidence in Pakistan. Moreover, by recognizing its contribution to the national and global human rights agenda and strong credentials as a consensus builder in the HRC.
“Pakistan remains firmly committed to upholding, promoting, and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. Pakistan will sustain its efforts towards ensuring that the HRC’s work is guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue, and cooperation. In line with Pakistan’s commitment, we will prioritize the advancement of tolerance, respect, and constructive engagement in the HRC.”
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)
The HRC establish in 2006. Since then HRC serves as a prominent forum for discussing the gross and systematic human rights abuses. Especially in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). UN system is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.
The human rights violations committed with impunity by the Indian occupation forces in IIOJK. Furthermore, they have extensively documented in the various reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the independent Special Procedure Mandate Holders.
The communique said:
“Pakistan will remain actively engaged with the Council. As well as its related processes to continue to highlight the plight of Kashmiris and other oppressed people all over the world”
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body based in Geneva within the United Nations system. It is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It comprises 47 states and discusses all thematic human rights issues and specific situations requiring attention. Especially the situations as those in IIOJK.
PM Khan hails Pakistan’s Victory
In a series of tweets, the premier said that Pakistan was committed to upholding human rights for all and would work towards “advancement of tolerance and constructive engagement”. He said that Pakistan will also continue to “expose” the human rights violations by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
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