Kathmandu, October 14
Nepal has been reelected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for a second term on Tuesday.
Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York says Nepal has been reelected with 150 votes and will serve a consecutive three-year term of 2021-2023. Nepal is a UNHRC member since January 2018.
In addition to Nepal, three countries from Asia Pacific region namely China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan are among the 15 states elected by a secret ballot in a plenary meeting of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
Other newly elected countries are Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Gabon, Malawi and Senegal from Africa; Russian Federation and Ukraine from Eastern Europe; Bolivia, Cuba and Mexico from Latin America; and France and the United Kingdom from Western Europe.
The elections were uncontested for other regional groups except for the Asia Pacific region.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali extended thanks to the countries supporting Nepal’s candidacy. He tweeted, “We are grateful to the friendly nations for their support. Thanks to the Nepali missions in New York and Geneva for hard work.”
Likewise, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Amrit Bahadur Rai, termed Nepal’s reelection as the international community’s acknowledgement of the country’s progressive journey on political and human rights fronts. “It is also a recognition of Nepal’s efforts in protection and promotion of human rights both at home and across the globe, including through our peacekeepers,” he said in the mission’s statement.