PH re­elected to UN hu­man rights coun­cil

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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

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