Kazakhstan elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council
(13 November, Astana)
It is a matter of pride for the Republic, which has completed only last year its 20th anniversary of independence, to be elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, for the first time, on 12 November 2012 in New York. Kazakhstan's nomination was supported by 183 out of 193 United Nations Member States, and will serve as a member for a three-year term commencing on 1 January 2013.
The Council is the leading international body for the protection of human rights, replacing the Commission on Human Rights. Its membership, which is open to all United Nations Member States, currently consists of 47 countries, which are elected directly and individually by secret ballot by the majority of Member States.
Mr. Altay Abibullayev, Spokesperson for Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on this occasion, remarked as follows: “We are pleased to have been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which we deem not only as a great honour, but as a very special opportunity to contribute to the global effort of advancing human rights for upholding the dignity of people all of the world. Kazakhstan has been actively supporting specifically the work of the Council, and generally all endeavours promoting a just and fair society.
At a time when there are sweeping changes occurring across the world with their new threats and challenges, we see our task particularly vital at this decisive moment in the history of the United Nations — and in particular for the aspiration set out in the Charter to provide human dignity for all.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan participates annually in the High-level Segment of the Human Rights Council, which was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 15 March 2006, in accordance with its resolution 60/251. In February 2010, Kazakhstan successfully passed the Universal Periodical Review, which is a process of assessing the human rights situation in the countries comprising the World Organization.
On behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan, we would like to thank the Member States of the United Nations for their support and confidence in electing our young nation to serve on the Human Rights Council. The Republic of
Kazakhstan takes this trust and responsibility seriously and pledges, as part of the international community, to guarantee that universal human rights are protected and observed across the globe so as to provide a collective security for all in the twenty-first century.