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(2017-10-16) Pakistan was elected today to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2018-20. Elections were held earlier today in New York at the UN General Assembly.

Pakistan secured more than two third majority votes. There were five candidates from the Asia Pacific region against four seats.

Since its establishment in 2006, this is the 4thtime Pakistan has been elected as member of the Human Rights Council.

Pakistan’s membership to this Council demonstrates a strong vote of confidence of the international community in our role and contribution to the national and global human rights agenda.

As a member, Pakistan will continue to remain actively engaged with the Council, its machinery, processes and relevant stakeholders, both at home and abroad.

Apart from continuing to act as a consensus builder at the international level, Pakistan will also build on efforts towards ensuring that the Council??s work is guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue and cooperation.

Pakistan is firmly committed to uphold, promote and safeguard universal human rights for all, including through its membership of the Human Rights Council.

16 October 2017

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