Friday, December 31, 2010
UN Human Rights Council
The 60-year-old Human Right Commission was replaced by the UN Human Rights Council on 15 March 2006. This year is election year for the members of the UN Human Rights Council (2009-2012): 5 seats from African States, 5 seats from Asian States, 2 seats from Eastern European States, 3 seats from Latin American & Caribbean States, and 3 seats from Western European & other States. The members of the Council are elected by a secret ballot in the General Assembly and must receive at least 97 votes from Assembly’s 192 countries. Members shall not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms. Both China and the US were elected to the Council, and others are Cameroon, Djibouti, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Russia Federation, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Belgium, and Norway. Where is Japan? Is Japan able to collect 97 votes in the UN?