Philippines reelected to UN rights council

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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) reelected the Philippines to serve its fourth term at the UN Human Rights Council, proving the international community’s recognition of Manila’s efforts to fight violations of human rights, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

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Citing a report from the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York, the Philippines, according to the DFA, will serve as member of the UN human rights body from 2016 to 2018.

The UNGA elected 18 members of the council on October 28.

Of the 15 member-states, only the Philippines and the Republic of Korea were elected for a fourth term, after serving in the council in previous years.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the country’s victory in the UN for a fourth term “is a clear and strong manifestation of the international community’s recognition of the Philippines’ steady progress in fulfilling international human rights obligations.”

The council is an inter-governmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.

It also addresses human rights violations and makes recommendations on them.
The council consists 47 UN member-states elected by the UNGA.

Other members elected were Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

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