The UN General Assembly in New York elected Germany to UN Human Rights Council for 2020-2022
New York (dpa) – Germany will be a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for a fourth time starting from next year.
Germany was among 14 new members elected during the General Assembly in New York. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke of a “token of confidence in our country and a tribute to our consistent stand on human rights around the world.”
Germany’s selection for 2020 to 2022 was considered a formality because it had been the only country along with the Netherlands to apply for two vacant seats available for “Western Europe and other states.”
The UN Human Rights Council keeps watch over the adherence to human rights around the world. It deals with issues such as racism, executions, judicial independence and the rights of disabled people.
It regularly assesses the situation in all UN countries using independent human rights experts.
The body has 47 member states that are elected for three years at a time by the UN General Assembly. The council meets three times a year in Geneva for a total of at least 10 weeks.