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Candidacy To Human Rights Council Underway

  Works have already started to make Fiji a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018 to 2020. Fijian Ambassador to the United Nations in
26 Sep 2016 08:00
Candidacy To Human Rights Council Underway
Chief Justice Anthony Gates (third from right), Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan (second from left) with the some members of the Fijian delegation and guests during the Fiji Day reception held at the Mission in Geneva on Friday. Photo: Nazhat Shameem Khan

 

Works have already started to make Fiji a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018 to 2020.

Fijian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Nazhat Shameem Khan said this during the reception Fiji Day celebrations in Geneva on Friday.

“We have commenced preparations for our candidacy to the Human Rights Council for the term 2018 to 2020.

“We have facilitated many visits to Fiji by institutions, organisations and States to further cement relationships between Geneva and Fiji,” she said.

“We look to you all to support Fiji in its bid for membership of the Human Rights Council. They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch. In this case, a free reception. I have a captive audience.

“Fiji’s candidacy is a Pacific Islands Small Developing States candidacy. No PSIDS has ever been a member of the Council before.

“With the urgent issues facing the Pacific, not just in relation to climate change, but also in relation to disaster displacement, gender inequality, sexual and gender based violence, and the right to sustainable development, there is no better time for the Pacific voice to be heard at the Human Rights Council.”

Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.

Mrs Khan also spoke at length about the leaps Fiji had taken on the international stage as well as future works the mission was undertaking in the year ahead.

 

About United Nations High

Commissioner for Human Rights

The council is made of 47 member states, which are elected by the majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot.

The General Assembly takes into account the candidate States’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.

The Council’s Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution.

 

Seats are distributed

as follows:

  1. African States: 13 seats
  2. Asia-Pacific States: 13 seats
  3. Latin American and Caribbean States: 8 seats
  4. Western European and other States: 7 seats
  5. Eastern European States: 6 seats

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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