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Qatar has been re-ap­pointed to a new three-year term on the UN's Hu­man Rights Coun­cil and will be tak­ing its place among the 47-mem­ber body for the third time after its term ended in 2013. While there have been mixed re­sponses to this news, with some point­ing out the irony be­cause of Qatar's tainted hu­man rights record and oth­ers sug­gest­ing that this would re­sult in Qatar work­ing more dili­gently to­wards right­ing some of the wrongs, there is spec­u­la­tion that this is just a taste of Qatar's grow­ing clout within the United Na­tions. It has re­newed whis­pers that Qatar's for­mer Prime Min­is­ter HE Ha­mad bin Jas­sim bin Jaber Al Thani, also known as HBJ, might be put for­ward as a can­di­date to take over from Ban-Ki Moon when he re­tires as Gen­eral-Sec­re­tary in 2016.

File photo of a UN Hu­man Right Coun­cil ses­sion in progress in Geneva, Switzer­land

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