Pakistan together with China, Russia and Cuba gained seats on the UN Human Rights Council regardless of robust opposition from activist teams over their abysmal human rights data.
In a secret-ballot voting within the 193-member UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Pakistan secured 169 votes, Uzbekistan obtained 164, Nepal 150 and China 139. Saudi Arabia misplaced the race with simply 90 votes.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the UN physique for electing China, Russia and Cuba to the company tasked with defending human rights.
“The election of China, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council validates the US decision to withdraw from the Council in 2018 and use other venues to protect and promote universal human rights.? At #UNGA this year, we did just that,” Mr Pompeo tweeted.
“US commitment to human rights is far more than just words. We have identified and punished human rights abusers in Xinjiang, Myanmar, Iran, and elsewhere, and call for all nations to take this moment to recommit to the #UDHR,” he mentioned in one other tweet.
Last week, a coalition of human rights teams from Europe, the US and Canada known as on UN member states to oppose the election of China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Uzbekistan, saying their human rights data make them unqualified.
“The bad news: governments just elected China to the UN Human Rights Council despite its severe repression in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong. The good news: the number of governments voting for it declined from 180 last time to 139 now. The fear is melting,” Human Rights Watch govt director Kenneth Roth tweeted after the vote.
Pakistan is at the moment serving on the HRC since January 1, 2018. With its re-election, the nation will proceed as a member for an additional three-year time period commencing on January 1, 2021.
Under the Human Rights Council’s guidelines, seats are allotted to areas to make sure geographical illustration.
Except for the Asia-Pacific contest, the election of 15 members to the 47-member Human Rights Council was all however determined upfront as a result of all the opposite regional teams had uncontested slates. To be elected, a rustic wanted to acquire the required majority of 97 votes.
Since the HRC’s institution in 2006, that is the fifth time that Pakistan has been elected to the United Nations’ human rights company.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned he was happy along with his nation’s re-election to UN Human Rights Council for an additional 3-yr time period.
“We remain committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritizing advancement of tolerance and constructive engagement. We stand resolute against Islamophobia and in support of mutual respect,” Mr Khan mentioned.