Peru Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

Peru Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council
Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Peru, Mexico and Chile each won a seat for the period 2018-2020 on the UN Human Rights Council. The three Latin American nations already had garnered the endorsement of the region and came unopposed to the elections held at the UN General Assembly.

Therefore, they only needed the support of a majority of the Member States to be elected and received it with great ease.

Peru received the most support with 180 votes among the 193 countries that are part of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Mexico, meanwhile, received 179 votes while Chile received 175.

The three countries will begin their stint on the Human Rights Council next January and will replace Bolivia, El Salvador and Paraguay, which end their mandates this year. Peru will be joined by five other Latin American countries that are already members: Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.

The Geneva-based Human Rights Council, composed of 47 States, is the intergovernmental body of the United Nations system charged with strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world and addressing situations of human rights violations by suggesting recommendations to combat them.

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