October 16, 2017 10:28 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Nepal has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Right Council (HRC) for two years term.
In a press statement issued by Permanent Mission of Nepal to UN on Monday evening, it has been informed that Nepal will be serving in that capacity from 2018 to 2020. It is the first time for Nepal to be the member of the council since the establishment of HRC in 2006. Nepal secured 166 votes, the highest in the Asia-Pacific Group.
Together with Nepal, Qatar, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been elected from the Asia-Pacific Region, as part of 15 states elected from different geographical regions, by a secret ballot at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Monday evening, according to the statement.
The term of office of Nepal at the council begins on 01 January 2018 and ends on 31 December 2020.
In the run-up to the election, Nepal had submitted its voluntary pledges and commitments. Separately, Nepal also has actively participated at the HRC candidates’ pledging event in New York organized by the Amnesty International and International Services for Human Rights on 11 September 2017, the statement reads.
The HRC was established in 2006 by UNGA as its own subsidiary body, replacing the then Commission on Human Rights. In the past Nepal had served as a member of the erstwhile Commission on Human Rights during 1995-2000 and 2004-2006, including as its vice-chair in 1999 and chair in 2000.