PH reelected to UN human rights council
THE Philippines emerged victorious in its bid to keep a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), despite calls from human rights watchdogs to reject the country’s candidacy, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.
On Friday, the country won 165 of the 192 votes to retain a seat in the council, an intergovernmental body “responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” With the victory, the Philippines will get to serve a fresh three-year term in the 47-member council based in Geneva from 2019 to 2021.
The Philippines first served in the Council from 2007 to 2009, and then from 2012 to 2014. It was reelected for the third time in 2015.
The result of the voting was announced by the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), Teodoro Locsin Jr., who is set to become the next foreign affairs secretary.
Aside from the Philippines, the other member-states elected to the council by the UN General Assembly were Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech