The Philippines has been voted as the newest member of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council along with 17 other new member states.
With a vote of 165, Philippines was among the latest 5 member states in the Asia Pacific Region along with India, Fiji, Bangladesh, and Bahrain.
The Council is made of 47 Member States, which are elected by the majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot. The General Assembly takes into account the candidate States’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.
The Council’s Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution. Seats are distributed as follows:
African States: 13 seats
Asia-Pacific States: 13 seats
Latin American and Caribbean States: 8 seats
Western European and other States: 7 seats
Eastern European States: 6 seats
Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.
Philippines term will start from 2019-2022.