Bangladesh on Tuesday won in the election for membership of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term of 2023-25 by securing 160 votes out of 189 cast.
This prestigious win is indeed significant as it was the most competitive international election of all Bangladesh faced since 2018, a spokesperson of the foreign ministry said.
Bangladesh, as the highest recipient of votes in Asia Pacific Group, has secured one of the four seats in the UNHRC competing with 7 aspirant countries from the Asia Pacific Group. The other three countries from the region elected were the Maldives (154 votes), Vietnam (145 votes) and Kyrgyzstan (126 votes). Bahrain withdrew their candidature few days ago. Republic of Korea (123 votes) and Afghanistan (12 votes) lost the election.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam led Bangladesh delegation in the UN General Assembly during the UNHRC election.