Kathmandu, Oct 14 (IANS) Nepal has been re-elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in the elections held at UN Headquarters in New York.
Currently serving as a member of the Council since January 2018, Nepal has been re-elected with 150 votes on Tuesday and will serve a consecutive three-year term of 2021-2023, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.
In addition to Nepal, three countries from Asia Pacific region namely China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan were among the 15 Member States elected by a secret ballot in a plenary meeting of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
Upon conclusion of the elections, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal to the UN, Amrit Bahadur Rai, termed Nepal’s re-election as the “international community’s acknowledgement of our progressive journey on political and human rights fronts”. It is also a recognition of Nepal’s efforts in protection and promotion of human rights both at home and across the globe, including through our peacekeepers, he stated.
Established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 as the principal UN entity dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council consists of 47 elected Member States.