Nigeria's re-election to UN Rights Council puts it under self-scrutiny - Amb. Bande

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Bande said: "the fundamental issue is that if we are on a Council that should advocate and defend rights of all human beings".

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

During a news conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Varma was asked for Lajcak's reaction to member states distributing gifts in order to garner votes in the Human Rights Council elections, and whether there should be value caps on such gifts. Pakistan received 151 votes in favour of becoming a member.

He explained that this enhances the State of Qatar approach to the development of national legislation to promote human rights issues and affirms its commitment to the protection of human rights at the local level and recognizes its significant role and prestige at the regional and worldwide levels.

Haley previously dangled the possibility that the United States could quit the council during a visit to its Geneva headquarters in June, when she lambasted the 47-nation body as a "forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion" that allows rights abusers to whitewash their images and foes of Israel to criticize the Jewish state unfairly.

"Pakistan's entire leadership, parliament and judiciary have all proactively pushed the human rights agenda", Ambassador Lodhi said.

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There were five candidates contesting for four Asia-Pacific seats on the Council.

"But where possible, if certain countries appear not to push in the same direction, we ask them to join all other countries in the world in respecting the rights of human beings".

On her Twitter account, she said that the "victory is a manifestation of the global community's trust in Pakistan".

While Congo was elected uncontested to the 47-member Geneva-based council, it was criticised by Britain and the United States. Besides the Maldives, Malaysia too had to return home without a membership seat getting just 129 votes in favour.

Angola, Congo, Senegal, Slovakia, Ukraine, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Spain were also elected to the body overnight, while Nigeria and Qatar won second terms. "Pakistan wins by more than two thirds votes", she said.

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