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Indonesia secures seat on UN human rights body

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18, 2019   /  10:32 am
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Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Dian Triansyah Djani (left, midframe) congratulates the Foreign Ministry's Multilateral Affairs Director General, Febrian Ruddyard (center) and Indonesian Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Hasan Kleib (third right) after Indonesia was elected for a fifth time to the UN Human Rights Council in New York, United States, on Oct. 17.(Courtesy of/Indonesian Permanent Mission to the UN)

Indonesia makes a return to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2020 to 2022 period after securing the most votes in the Asia-Pacific region with the backing of 174 countries, marking its fifth term on the council. The council is an intergovernmental organ of the UN consisting of 47 UN member states and is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world, which includes dealing with situations of human rights violations and making recommendations to address them. The president of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, announced that Indonesia had obtained 174 votes from 193 UN member countries from a secret ballot held during a UN General Assembly session on Thursday morning in New York (Thursday night in Jakarta). The country came out well ahead of its competitors in the Asia-Pacific region: Japan a...