Fiji Expresses Desire For Seat On UN Human Rights Council

Permanent Representative Khan reports on country's progress in Geneva

By Aqela Susu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Sept. 20, 2016) – Fiji wants to be a member of the Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term.

Fiji's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva Nazhat Khan revealed this during her report to the Human Rights Commissioner at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The council consists of 47 member states who are elected directly and individually by secret ballot by the majority of the members of the General Assembly.

The membership is based on geographical distribution and among regional groups with the Asia-Pacific region having 13 seats.

Mrs Khan reviewed the steps Fiji had taken to implement all of Fiji's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) commitments by 2018 in time for the next UPR cycle report.

She also presented Fiji's extensive work in developing protections for human rights and reforming relevant legal frameworks to the UN, a Government statement said.

An example was the State's ability to provide clean, sanitary water and the effects of climate change and the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston on water and sanitation resources.

Mrs Khan's presentation also included the "Government's initiatives designed to protect and advance the wellbeing of elderly persons in Fiji and the steps Fiji has taken to take responsibility for the administration of three senior citizen homes".

This, she said, was a major advancement for Fiji in ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing across all age groups, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 13.

She also highlighted the revitalisation of human rights education and training in Fiji. The Human Rights Council will conclude on September 30, 2016.

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