MANAMA: Bahrain has announced its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Assistant Foreign Minister Abdulla Al Doseri yesterday said that the move was backed by the Arab League and other countries as Bahrain planned to join the 47-member council.
The council’s Asia Pacific States Group, which comprises 13 members, will hold elections next month in New York to replace five countries – Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Korea and the UAE – whose tenure will expire on December 31.
“Bahrain is backed by the Arab League and other countries as it goes ahead with its candidacy for 2019-2021 for the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council in the Group of Asia Pacific States,” said Mr Al Doseri during a Press conference attended by Arab diplomats at the ministry’s headquarters in Manama.
“Bahrain is keen to be part of the council in its commitment to protect and promote human rights and its awareness at all levels.”
Bahrain was elected twice for a seat on the council and served from 2006 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011.
Mr Al Doseri added that Bahrain was a model in the region for its religious tolerance, social protection programmes, women empowerment and development of human rights, which have all been highlighted in international reports over the years.
Other member states in the council are divided into the African States Group (13), Eastern European States Group (6), Latin American and Caribbean States Group (8) and Western European and other States Group (7).