Mongolia becomes member of UNHRC

2015-10-29 10:56:21

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolia has been elected the member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

It happened after the election that took place during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly continuing in New York, USA. Mongolia collected votes of 172 countries and became the UNHRC’s member for the first time.

A total of seven countries ran for five quotes at the Asia-Pacific division, and Mongolia took the largest number of the votes.

In the same division, the United Arab Emirates collected 159 votes, Kyrgyzstan—147, the Republic of Korea—136, and the Philippines—113 votes. The new members of the UNHRC are elected to staggered three-year terms.

Mongolia is provided with possibilities to contribute to the international community for protecting human rights and to serve at an international level for making relevant decisions.

The UNHRC is a United Nations System inter-governmental body whose 47 member-states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.

It is the successor to the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR, herein CHR), and is a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly. The council works closely with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and engages the United Nations' special procedures.

The General Assembly established the UNHRC by adopting a resolution (A/RES/60/251) on March 15 of 2006 in order to replace the previous CHR, which had been heavily criticized for allowing countries with poor human rights records to be members.