Vietnam wins seat on UN Human Rights Council

By Thanh Tam   October 11, 2022 | 03:37 pm PT
Vietnam wins seat on UN Human Rights Council
Members of the Vietnamese delegation at the election to choose members of the U.N. Human Rights Council in New York, October 11, 2022. Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam is one of 14 countries elected by the United Nations General Assembly to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-25 term.

At the election Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, the U.S., it won 145 out of a total of 189 votes, according to UN WebTV.

The 13 other members elected are: Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Georgia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Morocco, Romania, South Africa, and Sudan.

Candidates are divided into five geographical regions, with the Asia-Pacific being the most competitive.

Vietnam was the only Southeast Asian candidate.

After the results were announced, the head of the Vietnamese delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu, said it is a testament to Vietnam's position and reputation, which is constantly being strengthened and enhanced in the international arena.

It also shows the international community's recognition of Vietnam's efforts and achievements in human rights protection, he said.

Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, head of the Vietnamese delegation to the UN, emphasized the importance of the Human Rights Council and the high level of competition between the candidates.

With its message of "Mutual Respect. Dialogue and Cooperation. Ensuring All Human Rights, for all," Vietnam would contribute to the greater cause of protecting and promoting human rights in the next three years, he said.

Through dialogue and cooperation, Vietnam would promote priorities such as protecting vulnerable groups and ensuring human rights in response to global issues, he added.

This is the second time Vietnam has been elected to the UNHCR after 2014-16.

The 47-nation body is tasked with promoting and protecting human rights.

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