UN Rights Body elects Fiji in First Ever Presidential Vote

The UN Human Rights Council elected Fiji’s ambassador as its 2021 president in an unprecedented secret poll after a diplomatic stand-off blocked the standard consensus choice. Fiji’s ambassador in Geneva, Nazhat Shameem Khan, who served because the council’s vp in 2020 and is taken into account a rights champion, gained with 29 out of 47 votes.

She ran in opposition to two different candidates from the UN’s Asia-Pacific regional group of nations: Bahrain’s ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri and his counterpart from Uzbekistan, Ulugbek Lapasov, who obtained 14 and 4 votes respectively.

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The president primarily oversees council conferences however can also be answerable for appointing the unbiased specialists who examine international locations’ alleged rights abuses and might decide how arduous to crack down on circumstances of state intimidation in opposition to those that cooperate with the physique.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UN Human Rights Council Founded: 15 March 2006.
  • UN Human Rights Council Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

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