Pakistan elected as member state of UNHRC despite Indian, US opposition

Islamabad: Pakistan achieved a land slide victory at UN Headquarters by wining a United Nations Human Rights Council elections on Monday despite India and United States opposition.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi while congratulating the country on its ‘diplomatic success’ termed it a manifestation of the international community’s trust in Pakistan. Pakistan’s record of promoting and protecting human rights has been vindicating by this victory,” she said in a tweet on her twitter account.

Ambassador Lodhi lauded UN’s Pakistan team for their efforts and contribution in securing more than two-third votes of the UN General Assembly. She also thanked the “world community” for the “overwhelming support”.

Other countries elected by the UN General Assembly include Australia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Qatar, Congo, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Chile, Mexico and Peru. They will serve on the 47-member council from January 2018 through the end of 2020.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.

Kinshasa now finds itself in the rare position of sitting on the Geneva-based council while the body investigates allegations of killings, torture, rape and the use of child soldiers in the Kasai region of the DR Congo.

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