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Members of Human Rights Council to be Chosen in UN Tomorrow

12.11.2012

No 402-E

Tomorrow, 12 November, elections will take place in New York for the UN Human Rights Council, for which Estonia is in the running to be a member from 2013-2015.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia is a candidate to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council in order to improve the protection, promotion, and awareness of human rights and fundamental freedoms through international channels and steps. “Estonia presented its candidacy in 2005 and since then we have actively introduced our candidacy and gathered support,” added Foreign Minister Paet.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Estonia's human rights priorities are protecting freedom of expression, including internet freedom; issues related to the rights of women, children, and indigenous peoples; maintaining and protecting Estonia's reputation as a country that respects human rights; and aspects related to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental group in the UN system that is made up of 47 elected and rotating members, whose task it is to protect and promote human rights all over the world. The Human Rights Council was established with a decision by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006.

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