Malaysia Fails in Bid to Get Elected to UN Human Rights Council

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We were the only country that did not make the cut.


In a notice yesterday, the United Nations announced that 15 countries have been elected to replace outgoing members for the term 2018-2020.

Malaysia, however, lost its bid to be elected to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council after a five-year absence from the council.

It emerged as the only country to miss out on a seat among 16 countries vying for 15 seats worldwide.

Malaysia, which had submitted its candidature in January, did not make the cut.

The election is conducted via a secret ballot by member nations.

Malaysia sat on the Human Rights Council consecutively between 2006-2009 and between 2010-2013.

We were one of six countries that initially vied for the four Asia Pacific vacant seats on the council, with Maldives later withdrawing its candidacy.

All the other candidates in the region – Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and Qatar – succeeded in their bid, with Qatar being re-elected.