Bangladesh was elected a member of the United Nations human rights council for the next three years in an election that took place in New York on Friday.
‘Bangladesh has been elected a member three times by now, in 2009-2012, 2015-2017 and 2019-2021, during the tenures of prime minister Sheikh Hasina,’ state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam told United News of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh bagged 178 votes at the election where the members of the United Nations general assembly voted, he said.
The state minister also said the election result signified the international community’s trust and confidence in Bangladesh.
He said the human rights council was active on the Rohingya issue and an accountability mechanism was in process through the council. ‘Bangladesh’s presence in the human rights council is extremely important.’
Bangladesh would serve as the UN rights body member for the term 2019-21, he said.
‘It is an important milestone for the country,’ the state minister added.
He also said that Bangladesh secured more votes than Bahrain and Philippines.
The human rights council was an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.
It had the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that required its attention throughout the year. It met at the United Nations office at Geneva.
The council was made up of 47 United Nations member states which were elected by the UN general assembly.
The human rights council replaced the former United Nations commission on human rights.
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