February 24, 2018

DR Congo wins seat on United Nations rights council despite U.S. opposition

18 October 2017, 01:00 | Rex Hubbard

UN Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council

"We are committed to respecting human rights, fighting impunity and continuing collaboration with the various United Nations bodies" she vowed.

Altogether, the UN General Assembly elected 15 members, four of which from Africa, four from Asia and Pacific, two from Eastern Europe, three from Latin America and two from Western Europe and other states.

Human Rights activist and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director Najam U Din told The Nation HRCP lauded Pakistan's "victory" on becoming a member state of UN Human Rights Council.

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.

She made no mention of a USA withdrawal from the council.

While Congo was elected uncontested to the 47-member Geneva-based council, it was criticised by Britain and the United States.

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"Countries that aggressively violate human rights at home should not be in a position to guard the human rights of others", she said. "We need a unified voice of moral clarity with backbone and integrity to call out abusive governments".

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.

The president of the African Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ASADHO), Jean-Claude Katende, expressed outrage over the DRC's election, vowing to continue "to document cases of human rights violations in Congolese territory to prove to the African countries which supported the election of the DR Congo that they made a mistake". But that was still far about the 97 votes needed to win a seat.

The only contested slate was in Asia where six countries vied for four seats. Malaysia, with 129 votes, could not get elected. The Maldives also lost.

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 Spain, and (Eastern European States): Slovakia and Ukraine.

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