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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 16:00



NEW YORK, 28 October 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elected the Philippines for a fourth term to serve in the UN Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs today.


The UNGA held elections this morning to elect 18 members to the Human Rights Council to serve from 2016 to 2018.


“The Philippines’ victory in the UN Human Rights Council, 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,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario said.


Among the 15 Member States elected, only the Philippines and the Republic of Korea were elected for a fourth term, after serving in the Council in previous years.


The Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. It addresses situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.


Consisting of 47 UN Member States elected by the UNGA, the Council is based at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland where it discusses thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.


Belgium, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela were also elected as members of the Council.


The members of the Council shall serve for a period of three years and shall not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms. END