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Fiji to bid for seat on UN Human Rights Council

September 7, 2018 12:50 am

Fiji has begun lobbying for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the term 2019 to 2021 with elections to be held next month in Geneva, Switzerland.

In a promotional video posted this week, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organisations, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan spells out the reason why Fiji is the obvious choice that would be representative of our region.

“Fiji continues to give priority to issues of Human Rights and migration and issues on the Rights of Children, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Rights of Vulnerable and Margainable groups. We will continue to give priority to those issues which are off particular relevance to Fiji and to the people of the Pacific”

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Ambassador Khan also notes that Fiji promises to continue to give priority to the issues of Gender Equality, the synergy between Climate Change and Human Rights and SDGs and Human Rights.

She says, Fiji also pledged to continue to lend a progressive and dynamic voice to difficult conversations about the relationship between Culture and Human Rights.

Meanwhile, the UNHRC is made up of 47-member States who are elected by the general assembly by direct and secret ballot.

Member states are selected based on their contribution, promotion and protection of human rights within their respective countries.

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