UN / HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTION

10-Oct-2023 00:03:22
The UN General Assembly elected 15 new countries to serve on the Human Rights Council. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTION
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

10 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Various shots, ballots being collected from Member States
4. Wide shot, General Assembly
5. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Malawi 182, Cote d'Ivoire 181, Ghana 179, Burundi 168, Nigeria three.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Indonesia 186, Kuwait 183, Japan 175, China 154.”
8. Med shot, delegates
8. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Bulgaria 160, Albania 123, Russian Federation 83.”
9. Wide shot, delegates
10. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Cuba 146, Brazil 144, Dominican Republic 137, Peru 108.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“The Kingdom of the Netherlands 169, France 153. The following 15 Member States have thus been elected as members of the Human Rights Council for a three-year term of office beginning on the first of January 2024: Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malawi, Kingdom of the Netherlands. I congratulate the states which have been elected members of the Human Rights Council.”
13. Wide shot, delegations applauding
STORYLINE
The UN General Assembly today (10 Oct) elected 15 new countries to serve on the Human Rights Council.

After the ballots were cast and counted, Assembly President Dennis Francis announced Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malawi, and the Netherlands were elected to serve for three years, beginning 1 January 2024.

China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, France, and Malawi were re-elected for their second terms.

Nigeria, Peru and Russia failed to secure a seat.

The Human Rights Council, the UN’s premier rights body, is tasked with the responsibility to uphold and advance fundamental freedoms globally. It was created in 2006 and consists of 47 member States, elected via secret ballot by the majority of General Assembly members.

In order to ensure equitable geographical distribution, its seats are distributed among regional groups of States as follows, from Africa (13); Asia-Pacific (13); Eastern European (6); Latin American and Caribbean (8); and Western European and others (7).

Malawi topped the voting for African nations, with 182 votes, followed by Côte d'Ivoire (181), Ghana (179), Burundi (168), and Nigeria (3). In Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia secured 186 votes, followed by Kuwait (183), Japan (175), and China (154).

In Eastern Europe, Bulgaria received 160 votes, followed by Albania (123), and Russia (83). Russia was seeking re-election to the Human Rights Council after it resigned from the body on 7 April 2022.

Latin America and the Caribbean saw Cuba secure 146 votes, followed by Brazil (144), Dominican Republic (137) and Peru (108). This is the first time Dominican Republic is elected to the Human Rights Council.

In Western Europe and others, the Netherlands received 169 votes, and France 153.

The new members will join Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Eritrea, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Viet Nam on 1 January 2024.
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