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Uruguay and Argentina elected to the UN Human Rights Council

Saturday, October 13th 2018 - 08:02 UTC
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Created in March 2006 as the principal United Nations entity dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council comprises 47 elected Member States. Created in March 2006 as the principal United Nations entity dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council comprises 47 elected Member States.

The General Assembly on Friday elected 18 States to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe, among which Uruguay and Argentina.

 By secret ballot, the Assembly elected Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo and Uruguay. All 18 members will serve three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019.

The 18 outgoing members are Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. In accordance with Assembly resolution 60/251, those Member States were eligible for immediate re-election except delegations which had already served two consecutive terms – Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The 18 new members were elected according to the following pattern: 5 seats for African States; 5 seats for Asia-Pacific States; 2 seats for Eastern European States; 3 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States; and 3 seats for Western European and other States.

Newly elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council were Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Somalia and Uruguay. The Philippines and Togo were re-elected for an additional term.

Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) announced that the following States will also continue as members of the Council: Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Created by the General Assembly in March 2006 as the principal United Nations entity dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council comprises 47 elected Member States. On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups as follows: African States, 13 seats; Asia-Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats.

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  • kelperabout

    Let's hope that the Argentines comply with this agreement fully and let the Falkland Islanders have the same human rights as per their opening statement “the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe” Bet they won't agree to that part of the human rights agreement in the UN.

    They could start by denouncing their repeated claim to our sovereignty and accept our rights to live under the sovereignty of our choosing.

    Oct 13th, 2018 - 01:48 pm +5
  • Chicureo

    Perhaps Liberato might first consider that it would far more correct for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to be prosecuted and incarcerated for the murder of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

    Oct 13th, 2018 - 07:18 pm +4
  • Chicureo

    It absolutely boggles the mind that you would condemn Dame Thatcher's involvement with Chile and overlook the Argentine dirty war that was responsible for the “disappearance” of over 30,000 people. If you want to discuss human rights abuses, you only need to look at the brutal thugs responsible for invading a peaceful small community and see how ridiculous your idiotic comments are.

    Oct 13th, 2018 - 11:20 pm +4
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