Pakistan makes it to UNHCR along with Australia and Congo

Q.  Which of the following countries were elected member state of UNHCR Council?
- Published on 23 Oct 17

a. Australia
b. Congo
c. Pakistan
d. Both a and b
e. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above
Pakistan makes it to UNHCR along with Australia and CongoPakistan was elected as a member state of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council by the body’s General Assembly in Oct 2017, securing more than two-thirds of the vote.

Other countries elected by the UN General Assembly include Australia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Qatar, Congo, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

They will serve on the 47-member council from January 2018 through the end of 2020.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.

Kinshasa now finds itself in the rare position of sitting on the Geneva-based council while the body investigates allegations of killings, torture, rape and the use of child soldiers in the Kasai region of the DR Congo.

Australia and Human Rights

Australia will push for tougher scrutiny of countries with appalling human rights records after securing a coveted seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Australia was among 15 countries elected to the council for a three-year term despite the UN previously criticising the government for its record on the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in detention and Indigenous people.

The UNHCR has previously critiqued Australia for it’s treatments of asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island.

Britain and the United States criticised the appointment of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was elected uncontested to the 47-member council.

The DRC-beset by renewed political and militia violence since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down in December-won 151 votes from the 193-member General Assembly in New York.

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