Bangladesh becomes member of UN Human Rights Council for 5th time
New York, Oct 12: Bangladesh has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term of 2023-25 after getting the highest number of votes from the Asia-Pacific region. Bangladesh got 160 votes in the election. The UN Human Rights Council election was held on Tuesday (October 11) New York local time.
The results of the vote are published on the website of the Human Rights Council. According to the organization, a total of 14 countries, including Bangladesh, have been elected members of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period of 2023-25. The countries are Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Georgia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Morocco, Romania, South Africa, Sudan, and Vietnam.
Bangladesh got 160 out of 189 votes for membership in the Human Rights Council, the highest in the Asia-Pacific region. A total of seven countries including Bangladesh have competed in this region. Four countries have been selected. Apart from Bangladesh, the other three elected members are Maldives (154 votes), Vietnam (145 votes), and Kyrgyzstan (126 votes). Bangladesh was elected four times as a member of the 47-member Human Rights Council. In this victory, Bangladesh was elected as a member of the organization for the fifth time.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Bangladesh's victory said that this prestigious victory is significant for Bangladesh. Because this is the most competitive international election for Bangladesh after 2018. Bangladesh got one of the four seats competing with seven countries by getting the highest number of votes in the Asia Pacific Group.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the result of this highly contested election is a clear manifestation of the international community's recognition of Bangladesh's continued efforts and commitment to promote and protect human rights at the national and international levels.
Bangladesh is a responsible member of the United Nations and is committed to making every effort to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights nationally and globally as a member of the Human Rights Council for the next three years.