GA / HRC ELECTION

12-Nov-2013 00:01:38
The General Assembly elected  Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, FYR of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Vietnam as new members of the Human Rights Council,  to replace those whose term expires at the end of the year. UNTV
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STORY: GA / HRC ELECTION
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DATELINE: 12 NOVEMBER 2013, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Secretariat exterior

12 NOVEMBER 2013, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, GA Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ashe, GA President:
“The election of 14 members of the Human Rights Council to replace those members whose terms in office expire 31 December 2013.”
4. Med shot, pan right, conference officer passing ballots to delegates
5. Med shot, delegates
6. Med shot, pan right, GA Hall
7. Med shot, conference officers showing empty ballot boxes
8. Wide shot, conf. officers collecting ballots
9. Med shot, pan left, delegates casting ballots
10. Wide shot, delegates casting ballots
11. Med shot, conf. officers brining ballot boxes to the podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ashe, GA President:
“Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, FYR of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Vietnam. I congratulate those states that have been elected in Human Rights Council and I thank the tellers for their assistance in this election.”
13. Med shot, delegates congratulate one another
14. Med shot, delegation of FYR Macedonia
15. Wide shot, GA Hall
STORYLINE
The General Assembly today (12 November) elected 14 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2014.

Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Viet Nam, Russia, and United Kingdom, were elected by secret ballot today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.

The Council, composed of 47 members, is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

All of its members are elected by the world body’s General Assembly, and it has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.

The Council’s membership is based on equitable geographical distribution and seats are distributed as follows: 13 seats for African States, 13 seats for Asian States, 8 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States, 7 seats for Western European and other States, and 6 seats for Eastern European States.

The other members of the Council and the end of their terms are as follows: Argentina (2015), Austria (2014), Benin (2014), Botswana (2014), Brazil (2015), Burkina Faso (2014), Chile (2014), Congo (2014), Costa Rica (2014), Côte d’Ivoire (2015), Czech Republic (2014), Estonia (2015), Ethiopia (2015), Gabon (2015), Germany (2015), India (2014), Indonesia (2014), Ireland (2015) Italy (2014), Japan (2015), Kazakhstan (2015), Kenya (2015), Kuwait (2014), Montenegro (2015), Pakistan (2015), Peru (2014), Philippines (2014), Republic of Korea (2015), Romania (2014), Sierra Leone (2015), United Arab Emirates (2015), United States (2015), and Venezuela (2015).
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