Nepal re-elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Nepal has been re-elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for a second term.

Nepal has been re-elected with 150 votes and will serve a consecutive three-year 2021-2023 term. Nepal is a UNHRC member since January 2018.

Other newly elected countries are Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Gabon, Malawi and Senegal from Africa; Russian Federation and Ukraine from Eastern Europe; Bolivia, Cuba and Mexico from Latin America; and France and the United Kingdom from Western Europe.

The elections were uncontested for other regional groups except the Asia Pacific region.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali extended thanks. He tweeted, “We are grateful to the friendly nations for their support. Thanks to the Nepali missions in New York and Geneva for hard work.”

Likewise, Amrit Bahadur Rai, Nepal’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said Nepal’s re-election is the international community’s acknowledgement of the country’s progressive journey on political and human rights fronts.

“It is also a recognition of Nepal’s efforts in protection and promotion of human rights both at home and across the globe, including through our peacekeepers,” said Rai.