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Pakistan loses re-election bid for UN Human Rights Council

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United Nations: Pakistan lost its bid Tuesday to be re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council when its current term ends this year.

Pakistan was considering running for the Council’s presidency next year, according to diplomatic sources, and had been putting out feelers. The defeat deals Islamabad a diplomatic set-back as it seeks to burnish its international reputation.

Islamabad ran for one of the five slots this year for Asian and Pacific nations on the Council for which there were seven contestants.

United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea and the Philippines were elected from the Asia-Pacific region to serve a three-year terms. Laos was the other country to lose the election.

A total of 18 countries were elected on Tuesday representing the various regions.

The Human Rights Council is considered the second most important body in the UN after the Security Council.

The Council has 47 members elected by the General Assembly and it is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world and dealing with violations.

India is a member of the Council and was re-elected last year to another term on the Council.

(IANS)

 

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