Malaysia Wins A Seat On The UN Human Rights Council

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Malaysia won one of the 18 seats in the UNHRC with 183 votes for the 2022 to 2024 term.

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Malaysia has won one of the 18 seats in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), with 183 votes for the 2022 to 2024 term, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said last night, 14 October

Taking to his official Facebook page to share the news, Ismail also said that Malaysia is "ready to play an active role — to be the facilitator for conciliation, [the] enabler for cooperation, and builder of consensus".

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

"As our nations lay the groundwork for a sustained and inclusive recovery post-COVID-19, human rights must be kept at the centre of all our efforts. In unity, for humanity," read his brief post.

Malaysia filed its submission in June this year, saying that if elected, the government will pledge to take a "whole-of-society" approach in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country

Meanwhile, the UN in Malaysia has congratulated the government for winning the seat and for its progressive pledges and commitments

"We applaud the government's commitment under its theme of 'Unity for Humanity' to fulfil its obligations under core human rights instruments such as Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)," UN in Malaysia said in an emailed statement.

"We also welcome Malaysia's pledge to mainstream human rights standards across policies and engage on other human rights treaties. The United Nations in Malaysia will continue to support Malaysia's efforts throughout the Universal Periodic Review process," it said, adding that it also welcomes Malaysia's commitment to raise human rights awareness among all stakeholders in a national effort to realise the right to development for all, protect and promote cultural rights, engage in climate action, and roll out the national action plan on business and human rights.

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