UN General Assembly Elects Nigeria, 14 Others To Human Rights Council

The UN General Assembly on Monday elected, by secret ballot, Nigeria and 14 other countries to serve on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2018 to 2020 term. UNHRC is the highest intergovernmental body in the UN system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. The other newly elected countries to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council are Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine.

Africa and Asia-Pacific have four seats each on the council; three seats for Latin American and Caribbean; two seats for Eastern European States; and two seats for Western European and other States. On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups as follows: African States, 13 seats; Asia-Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, six seats; Latin America and Caribbean States, eight seats; and Western European and other States, seven seats.

Ghana and Nigeria are already serving out their tenure for the 2015 to 2017 term while Ghana, which initially sought re-election like Nigeria, stepped down for Nigeria to get on board for another term. Nigeria has illustriously served the global community on the UNHRC for three terms since the establishment of the Council in 2006. These are 2006 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and currently, 2015 to 2017, and with the reelection, would remain on the Council till 2020.

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