New Delhi’s envoy described the election as a “robust endorsement” of the country’s strong roots in democracy, pluralism, and fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. India was re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term on Thursday with an overwhelming majority in the General Assembly, with New Delhi’s envoy describing the election as a “robust endorsement” of the country’s strong roots in democracy, pluralism, and fundamental
On Thursday, the 76th United Nations General Assembly conducted elections for 18 new members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, who will serve for three years beginning in January 2022.
“I am truly delighted at this overwhelming support for India in elections to Human Rights Council. It’s a robust endorsement of our strong roots in democracy, pluralism, and fundamental rights enshrined in our Constitution. We thank all U.N. Member States for giving us a strong mandate,” India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti told PTI.
India’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. tweeted “India gets re-elected to the @UN_HRC (2022-24) for a 6th term with an overwhelming majority. Heartfelt gratitude to the @UN membership for reposing its faith in India.”
“We will continue to work for promotion and protection of Human Rights through #Samman #Samvad #Sahyog ,” India’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. tweeted.
In the 193-member assembly, India received 184 votes, whereas the needed majority was 97.
The current term of India is slated to expire on December 31, 2021. In the Asia-Pacific States category, there were five empty seats for election for the period 2022-2024: India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
Argentina, Benin, Cameroon, Eritrea, Finland, Gambia, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Montenegro, Paraguay, Qatar, Somalia, UAE, and the United States were elected to the Council by secret vote for the 2022-2024 term.
Other UN Member States were congratulated by India’s embassy on their election to the Human Rights Council, which is comprised of 47 Member States chosen directly and individually by a majority of the General Assembly members by secret vote.
Members of the Council serve three-year terms and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two terms in a row.
Seats are dispersed across regional organisations, and membership is based on equal geographical distribution. African States (13), Asia-Pacific States (13), Eastern European States (6), Latin American and Caribbean States (8), and Western European and other States (7) comprise the group.
By January 2021, 119 of the 193 United Nations member states will have served on the HRC. “This diverse membership not only reflects the United Nations’ diversity, but it also lends the Council credibility when speaking out against human rights breaches in all nations,” according to the UN.
The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018 during Donald Trump’s administration. The United States’ election to the Council has “fulfilled President Biden’s campaign vow to rejoin the Human Rights Council,” according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who added that the US would “fight to ensure this organisation lives up to these values.”
“As full members of the Council, our early efforts will be focused on what we can do in circumstances of extreme need, such as Afghanistan, Burma, China, Ethiopia, Syria, and Yemen. “In general, we will promote respect for fundamental freedoms and women’s rights, as well as to oppose religious intolerance, racial and ethnic injustices, as well as violence and discrimination against members of minority groups, including LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said.
“We will reject the Council’s excessive focus on Israel, which includes the Council’s sole permanent agenda item aimed at a single nation,” she said.
She said that as a member of the Human Rights Council, the United States would work to prevent nations with atrocious human rights records from being elected, and would urge those dedicated to promoting and preserving human rights both at home and abroad to apply.
“We hold people to our own standards: although we may fall short of our own aspirations from time to time, we must always endeavour to be as inclusive, rights-respecting, and free as possible.” She went on to say that the United States can “completely engage in the Council’s task of safeguarding and promoting human rights” in its new capacity as a member. We shall utilise every mechanism available to us, from presenting resolutions and amendments to voting as necessary. Our objectives are clear to support human rights defenders and to speak out against human rights violations and abuses.
Source: The Hindu