Fiji to bid for UN role

FIJI would bid for a place in the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, the Government says.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Information at the weekend, the Government refuted media claims that it took part in the UN elections this year despite a UN press statement stating, Fiji received six votes under the four seats for the Asia-Pacific States.

“Media reports that Fiji took part in elections at the United Nations yesterday for membership of the UN Human Rights Council are wrong. Fiji was not a candidate this year,” said the statement.

The statement clarified that the six votes recorded for Fiji in this year’s elections were invalid votes cast against other candidates which was a regular practice in the UN system.

“Fiji was not formally part of the process at all,” the statement read.

“Fiji will be formally standing for the UN Human Rights Council in 2017.”

The General Assembly on October 28 held a secret ballot for 14 states to serve on the Human Rights Council, the UN statement read.

Those elected were Brazil, China, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, UK and the US.

All would serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2017.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 states responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

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