Malaysia succeeds in securing a seat in UN Human Rights Council

By Nurin Najmina Zaidi

GOMBAK, 15 October 2021: With 183 votes, Malaysia had won one of the 18 seats in the United Nations Human Rights for the 2022-2024 term.

Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that it is considered as a great achievement and acknowledgment of the status of human rights.

In a Facebook posting, he mentioned that Malaysia is ready to play an active role, which is to be the facilitator for conciliation, enabler for cooperation, and builder of consensus.

“Malaysia will work closely with the UN member states to advance the global human rights agenda, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said the Prime Minister.

“As our nation lays the groundwork for a sustained and inclusive recovery post #COVID19, human rights must be kept at the centre of all our efforts; in unity, for humanity,” he added.

Before the election, a pledge was submitted by Malaysia’s permanent mission to the UN in June 2021 in which, Malaysia promised, if elected, to take a whole-of-society approach in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

Malaysia also had joined a list of 18 other countries including Argentina, the USA and India.***

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