Accra, 22 October 2014 – Ghana has been elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve a two-year term (2015 – 2017) on the 15-member UN Human Rights Council. Other newly elected countries include; Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, The Congo, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Latvia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal and Qatar. They replace Austria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Peru, the Philippines, and Romania.
Ghana competed in the Africa group in which four seats were up for election. The other elected countries in the Africa group are Nigeria, The Congo, Botswana, DRC and Benin.
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva
The Council members are elected for a period of three years by the majority of members of the General Assembly through direct and secret ballot. They have the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention.
The Council’s membership is based on equitable geographical distribution. 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.