Pakistan re-elected to UN Human Rights Council for fifth time

Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) by securing the highest number of votes.

This is the fifth time that Pakistan has been elected to the UN body. The elections were held on Tuesday in New York. Pakistan was re-elected by securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Pakistan secured the highest number of votes among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region. China, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Nepal along with Pakistan vied for the membership.

After Pakistan, Uzbekistan secured 164 votes, Nepal 150, China 139 and Saudi Arabia 90 votes. Pakistan has served on the UNHRC since 2018 and will continue for another three-year term starting January 1.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a tweet said Pakistan’s re-election is a manifestation of the international community’s confidence and trust in Pakistan’s commitment to a progressive national and global human rights.