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He said that the Ukrainian delegation at the Human Rights Council "will focus on the prevention of human rights violations and will put forward its initiatives on this issue as part of the council's work".

Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) welcomed the selection of the UN General Assembly yesterday to the State of Qatar for a second term as a member of the Human Rights Council.

Haley called Congo "a country infamous for political suppression, violence against women and children, arbitrary arrest and detention, and unlawful killings and disappearances" and said its unopposed election is another spur to US -led efforts to reform the Human Rights Council.

Created by the Assembly in March 2006 as the principal United Nations body dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council comprises 47 elected Member States. But that was still far about the 97 votes needed to win a seat.

"When you're in that Council, you're putting yourself forward for scrutiny and then that tells you that Nigeria is ready to scrutinise itself in regards to respect for human rights". Barring that, he suggested that it would be better to make all United Nations member states members rather than electing countries that do not meet the council's standards.

There were five candidates contesting for four Asia-Pacific seats on the Council.

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The United Nations in a release, said all would serve three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2018. Nepal topped the vote, followed by Qatar and Pakistan. Malaysia, with 129 votes, could not get elected.

"Our victory is a manifestation of the worldwide community's trust in Pakistan", Ambassador Lodhi said.

The other nations elected to the human rights wing of the UN are Angola, Australia, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, and Ukraine. "Pakistan", she said, "is humbled by and grateful for the overwhelming support received from the world community".

"Countries that aggressively violate human rights at home should not be in a position to guard the human rights of others", Haley said.

"Pakistan's election gives the lie to those who claim that Pakistan is isolated".

The 15 new members were elected according to the following pattern: four seats for African States; four seats for Asia-Pacific States; three seats for Latin American and Caribbean States; two seats for Eastern European States; and two seats for Western European and other States.

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